The annual event honored frontline healthcare heroes, welcoming close to 1,000 virtual guests
Friends of Prentice Raises Nearly $600,000 for Women’s Health Research
Friends of Prentice Executive Director Kristen Field (left) and Friends of Prentice Board President Michael Borders (right) raise a glass to kick-off their annual gala which was held on Saturday, October 24. This was the first year the annual gala was held virtually online due to COVID-19. The gala raised close to $600,000 which will be used to fund grants to clinicians and researchers at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital to conduct leading-edge research across all areas of women’s health.
CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Friends of Prentice (FOP), a non-profit organization working in partnership with Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital to fund innovative and leading-edge research benefitting the lives of women, raised nearly $600,000 at its annual fundraising benefit, themed Still Together, At Home. Due to COVID-19, this is the first year that the gala was held virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Shifting the gala online is a shining example of how non-profits are adapting to the current climate in order to still raise critical funds. The dollars raised during the virtual gala will go towards awarding doctors and clinicians grants needed to continue their life saving research across all areas of women’s health.
Mike Borders, Friends of Prentice Board President, along with Executive Director Kristen Field, co-hosted the event with special appearances from gala co-chairs Donna Socol and Shannon Flavin. Close to 1,000 guests tuned in from the comfort of their own homes and “hosted” a virtual or socially distanced table.
This year’s gala featured one of a kind online auctions, music from DJ Megan Taylor and The Dr. Bombay band as well as a cocktail hour led by two-time James Beard award-winner and mixologist Belinda Chang. Emmy-award winning television host Val Warner served as emcee for the event that encouraged guests to ‘come together’ virtually to honor the healthcare community while raising critical funds for medical research. In addition, the frontline health heroes, clinicians and physicians who have received grants from Friends of Prentice shared highlights of their research and the positive impact the funding has had on the research conducted within their respective areas of women’s health.
“We are so humbled and grateful for everyone who showed support to FOP by attending our virtual gala,” said Mike Borders. “This year’s gala definitely looked and felt different, but it was a successful night of not only celebrating all our healthcare