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Highlights from Annual Luncheon of The Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital Honors Longtime Community Leaders at Annual Luncheon

Posted by NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation December 11, 2012


Members and friends of The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Highland Park Hospital gathered at Green Acres Country Club on Thursday, November 8 for a luncheon to celebrate the successes of the organization’s past year and those who have made it possible. The luncheon kicked off with boutique shopping from a distinguished group of luxury retailers and artisans. Wonderful wares, including jewelry, scarves and décor, were offered at the boutique which donated a percentage of its sales to The Auxiliary of NorthShore at Highland Park Hospital.

After shopping, guests had an opportunity to hear about the organization’s fundraising successes of the past year from outgoing Auxiliary president, Abbe Silverberg Sparks. To ensure the community always has access to outstanding care and comprehensive services, The Auxiliary titled this year’s Annual Appeal, “There’s No Place Like Home…For World-Class Healthcare.” The fundraising initiative was dedicated to supporting a plethora of healthcare programs and services at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, including Kellogg Cancer Center, Primary Stroke Center, Emergency Services, Women’s Health, Cardiovascular Services, Neurological Institute, Advanced Imaging, Diabetes Care, Be Well-Lake County and more. At the luncheon, Abbe proudly announced that the organization had culminated a mutli-year commintemt with this year’s Annual Appeal, raising $865,000 to further the excellence at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital. Murray Ancell, president of NorthShore Foundation, attended the luncheon to personally thank The Auxiliary for their continued support and to accept the generous contribution.

The Auxiliary also honored four of its longtime members for their steadfast commitment to the 91 year old organization and its mission. Throughout their tenure as Auxiliary members, Marilyn Winter, Marjorie Barron, Joanna Brofman and Hortense Coplan, have worked tirelessly to support NorthShore Highland Park Hospital and the communities it serves. At the luncheon, fellow members and supporters of The Auxiliary of NorthShore at Highland Park Hospital applauded these local leaders for their generosity and dedication to the organization.

For more information about The Auxiliary of NorthShore at Highland Park Hospital or to inquire about becoming a member, please call             (847) 926-5003      , e-mail  or

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Highland Park Hospital is a volunteer organization that raises funds for and provides services to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital. It also promotes awareness of the Hospital’s programs within the community.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem

Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including an 800+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 100 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in clinical trials and medical informatics. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is the primary philanthropic entity of NorthShore. The Foundation raises charitable contributions and engages volunteer friends in support of NorthShore’s ongoing mission to preserve and improve human life.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including Kellogg Cancer Center, NorthShore Neurological Institute, cardiovascular care, orthopaedics, high-risk maternity and pediatrics. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.

By Abbe Sparks

Abbe Sparks is the Founder of Abbe Sparks Media Group & Socially Sparked News. A social entrepreneur, she is a social media and content influencer who has been covering the entertainment, music, tech and advocacy sectors for over 25 years. A member of US Press Association, she has written for many online and print publications including the UK's Blues Matters Magazine, Big City Rythm & Blues & her former column 'Abbe's Sparks' for RFPalooza. You can also find her stories on Medium & Tumbler. Twitter: @asparks01

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