Gala Celebrates Launch of ‘We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine’

Nearly 950 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, Chicago to celebrate the launch of ‘We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine’ on May 28. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Foundation are working together to raise $1.75 billion to provide resources that will increase innovation and excellence across the academic medical center. To date, $750 million has been raised toward that goal.

Twelve educational sessions kicked off the event, with guests hearing short presentations by faculty members and leading experts such as Donald M. Lloyd Jones, MD, ScM; Eileen M. Foell, professor of Heart Research and chair of Preventive Medicine,; and Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, Michael J. Marchese Professorship of Neurosurgery and chair of Neurological Surgery.

Clyde Yancy, MD, Magerstadt Professor and chief of Cardiology, welcomed guests and shared a campaign video before turning the program over to Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean, and Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Dr. Yancy introduced presenters throughout the evening to talk about research breakthroughs, life as a medical student and what makes Northwestern Medicine a national epicenter for healthcare, community service and advocacy.

The second half of the evening included a comedic video featuring Northwestern alumni Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers talking about the campaign’s four pillars. Northwestern University President Morton O. Schapiro followed up the video with some context.

The four pillars that characterize our ‘We Will. Campaign for Northwestern’ ­— discovery and creativity, the student experience, campus and community, and global connections — are tied inextricably to the successes of Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, he said. “Together as Northwestern Medicine they are paving the way at the forefront of this campaign, shaping the future of Northwestern University as a whole.”

Opera singer Sandra Marante gave a performance and shared her experience as a patient of Bernard Bendok, MD, a professor of Neurological Surgery and leading neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Guests enjoyed fireworks and a dessert reception to cap the event.

For more information, see feinberg.northwestern.edu/news.

‘We Will: The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine’

Benefiting: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Location: Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, Chicago

Attended: 950

Website: feinberg.northwestern.edu/news

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