Imerman Angels presented the second annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The affair benefitted Imerman Angel’s mission to enable connections that provide 1-on-1 cancer support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.
The formal event began with a welcome reception including cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Chicago with entertainment provided by pianist Dave Hedlund. At 7:00 p.m. guests were escorted to their tables where they enjoyed an impressive three-course meal, a riveting live auction hosted by professional auctioneer David Goodman, and a special ceremony celebrating the evening’s award recipients led by the evening’s emcee, cancer survivor and NBC 5 News Anchor Zoraida Sambolin.
The honorees of the Wings of Hope Gala included Walgreen Co., who received the Wings of Hope Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of a group or individual who has contributed greatly to the growth and strength of the Imerman Angels mission. Walgreens was recognized for their support and commitment to providing hope, strength and inspiration to their cancer patient and caregiver consumers including putting Imerman Angels brochures in the pharmacy section of select stores around Chicagoland. The Wings of Hope Award was accepted by Richard Ashworth, RPh, President, Pharmacy and Retail Operations and Nimesh Jhaveri, RPh, Divisional Vice President.
Fleet Feet Sports Chicago was awarded the Angel Award for Community Outreach, accepted by Dave Zimmer, CEO and Owner Fleet Feet Sports Chicago, Co-Owner of Chicago Endurance Sports. The Angel Award is given to a group or individual that has continually exemplified their commitment to spreading awareness of the Imerman Angels mission. Dave Zimmer and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago was recognized for their constant support of and instrumental role played in the promotion of Imerman Angels’ second leading fundraising initiative, Team Imerman Angels, including apparel, training and overall awareness.
The Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service was awarded to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. This award recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate exceptional medical service and care for cancer patients and their families. IN addition to the highest level of expertise and emotional support they provide to their patients from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship, the partnership Lurie Cancer Center has with Imerman Angels allows them to help more people touched by cancer. The award was accepted by Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center.
Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer support community, carefully matches and individually pairs a cancer fighter or caregiver with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Imerman Angels is a federally registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
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