Gala Campaign 2020 – Honoring Those Leading and Providing Care

While we were sad that we were unable to hold an in-person event this year given the pandemic, we were thrilled to honor Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, for her leadership during this very challenging time, and the entire staff of Cook County Health for their dedication, commitment and care for our patients. Below are two video interviews of the honorees. The first is Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board, interviewing Dr. Ezike, and the second is her interview with Dr. Ameera Haamid, representing the staff of Cook County Health.

Lastly, we invite you to have a little fun – view the video below with DJ Casper and learn the simple steps to his creation, the Cha Cha Slide. DJ Casper is a lifelong patient of Cook County Health who credits the health system with saving his life on more than one occasion. The latest is helping him survive cancer.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors for stepping up to support Cook County Health Foundation and Cook County Health during an extraordinary period in our history.

Patient Champion – $25,000

Dabir/Methode Electronics

GCM Grosvenor


Mary and Paul Finnegan

Physician Partner – $15,000

Archer Daniels Midland

Nursing Advocate – $10,000


James Otto

Health Promoter – $5,000

Ariel Investments

Margaret and Joseph P. Flanagan, Jr.

Gerald Haberkorn

Cheryl and Hill Hammock

Interventional Pain Management

L&G Law Group, LLC


Lori and Jim Montana

Marshall and Amy Reavis Charitable Trust

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance

The Walsh Foundation