As the annual Be Part of the Cure Summer Party approaches, event co-chairs Michelle Bernstein and Jana Brok are clear: theirs are labors of love.
The Summer Party is hosted by the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital, to benefit the NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center at Highland Park Hospital, part of the NorthShore Research Institute. Funds raised will expand clinical research efforts, enhance patient care treatments and provide funds for advanced collaborative nursing education.
“It’s our local hospital with a great reputation for doing great things, and we all know so many people who have used the hospital; it almost feels like this is for our neighbors and friends and our community,” said Bernstein, of Deerfield. She is a frequent Cancer Center volunteer, and knows of what she speaks.
“What I like about it is the personal, one-on-one care everyone receives from the staff and volunteers. If a patient comes in alone, someone is there to talk to them for a little while, keep them company and calm their nerves or bring them a blanket”
Added Brok, of Highland Park, “At Kellogg, they feel passionate about helping patients. We see that in their day-to-day demeanor; the way the nurses sing to patients on their birthdays and celebrate their final treatments is above and beyond anyone’s professional expectations. And as volunteers, we love to be a part of and support the ways in which the staff is going above and beyond in any way possible. These patients are receiving superior care in our backyard, and it says so much about our community.”
Sarah Adess is a third event co-chair.
The Summer Party will be held at W.W. Grainger in Lake Forest Friday, July 29. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and food stations, music from a DJ and a silent auction among other activities. And yet, the attire is that of a true summer party: demin and white preferred.
“I think when you go anywhere in jeans, you automatically feel better, more casual and ready to have fun,” Brok said.
Nevertheless, the Auxiliary Board’s work is not to be taken lightly. Since its inception in 1936, its donations to this local hospital have exceeded $21 million.
More information about the Summer Party and the Auxiliary of the NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital is available at foundation.northshore.org/bpotc.