The fourth annual From the Heart fundraising gala was our second sold-out gala in the past three years. We are very grateful to the nearly 400 people who joined us Saturday, Oct. 5.
This year’s event recognized the healing power of nurses–very appropriate, as CEO Gwenn Rausch noted, as not just the country but the world gets ready to kick off the International Year of the Nurse in 2019-20.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood noted that she is one of two nurses in Congress as she accepted a From the Heart award for her work in Washington, D.C. and her home district, which is centered around Naperville: “You don’t hear ‘Thank you’ enough,” she said. “Nurses do the hard work–you serve as beacons of hope when it’s just you and the patient in that room.”
Underwood received a standing ovation as she noted that she ran “not just to make progress but also to save lives” — in a country where even controlling for other factors, black women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nurses who work at FQHCs are one answer to that problem she said: “We want to lift up your work to scale it nationwide.”
Equally gracious in their comments were honorees Kathy Delaney, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP, FAAN of Rush University College of Nursing and Nancy Scinto, board chair of the VNA Foundation. Among the lead underwriters of this year’s event were Leadership Circle sponsors Visualutions and Platinum Level sponsors IlliniCare and Thresholds among many others.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many, we raised over $200,000! A complete list of all our sponsors and the volunteers, honorees, and others who helped make this year’s event possible is on our gala page.