Guests of the Medicine Ball, hosted by the Women’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the powerhouse organization’s annual gala. In previous years, they have been whisked away to a night in Shanghai and been entertained by Grammy Award winners. This year’s blowout will be no exception. Co-chairs Lori Komisar of Winnetka and Susan Mackenzie of Chicago promise a sultry evening in old Cuba, as guests will be transported back in time with the event’s theme of “Return to Havana.”
To be held on May 12 at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, the Medicine Ball will feature a tequila tasting bar, chic cuisine, and dancing into the night. The evening is always so delightful, one could almost forget why they are there: to raise funds to sustain the many programs of RIC, the number-one ranked rehabilitation hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years.
The benefit is geared toward fun and frivolity, recognizing those who have helped make the night a reality. “It is a tradition of this party to have our guests enjoy the evening,” explains Komisar, who is committed to making the night a memorable one. “We try to keep the ‘formal’ portion as short as possible.”
RIC has a vast reach across Chicagoland, but has particular impact on the North Shore. There is easy access just off the Edens to the Day Rehab Center & Outpatient Center in Northbrook, providing RIC’s world-class care just minutes away.
“The funds we raise support the many programs and services that RIC provides, including pediatrics, the LIFE Center, therapeutic recreation, charity care, vocational rehabilitation, and the Helen Galvin Fitness Center,” explains Mackenzie. Those living with a a physical disability know that no matter what the world throws at them, they still deserve the best care and treatment at all costs. “Even in these difficult economic times, RIC patients are still in need of superior care and rehabilitation after a major injury or illness.”
The 11th Annual Medicine Ball is on Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Peninsula Chicago. Dress is black tie. Tickets are $600 per person. For further information, call 312-238-6023.