Envisioning A Better Future With Northwestern Medicine


Several weeks ago, employees  and guests gathered at the Ritz Carlton to honor an extraordinary couple and to raise money for a good cause. Northwestern Medicine held its inaugural benefit dinner for the Board of Directors of Digestive Health Foundation . Guests were treated to a pre dinner cocktail hour complete with hors d’oeruvres .

cocktail reception

hor derves

live auction  emmy awards

Attendees of the benefit could bid on great live auction prizes like a Chicago Sports fan package, gourmet package and this great trip to Hollywood to attend the 68th Prime Time Emmy Awards.

Cortney Hall  WGN Morning anchor mistress of ceremonies

WGN Morning News Anchor , Cortney Hall served as Mistress of Ceremonies

Andrea and James Gordon served as Event Chairs for the evening and the honorees were Jayne and Dr Stephen Hanauer . Dr Hanauer had dedicated his career to aiding patients with digestive disorders and Jayne had supported his endeavors. The couple were given two champagne flutes with 14kt gold stems. Dr Hanauer and his wife had gotten together when they were in middle school and even transferred to be together.


With a choice of steak or salmon, attendees enjoyed a delicious gourmet meal. Besides the auction, the partygoers engaged in a lively game of heads or tails. Record amounts were paid for the live auction packages.

john vincent and dancing

John Vincent entertained as the guests danced


Mmm best way to end the evening , dessert  Lemon Tart and Deca Chocolate Cake


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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