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Moonlight and red roses highlight Provena Gala

Pictured ElgAreHistorical Society GalEvent held Nov. 6 Heritage Ballroom ElgCity Centre are (l – r) David NelsProgram Director Chairman this

Pictured at the Elgin Area Historical Society Gala Event held Nov. 6 at the Heritage Ballroom of Elgin City Centre are (l – r) David Nelson, Program Director and Chairman of this 50th year special event, his wife Deloris and guest performer Joe Wiegand, who presented his one man theater show of our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Updated: April 19, 2011 5:23AM



There was “Moonlight and Roses” at the Stonegate Banquet Center for this year’s annual Provena Saint Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Gala held Oct. 23. The fundraising event was highlighted by the abundant red roses as centerpieces, on the podium and given to each person when they purchased raffle tickets.

Auxiliary President Pat Winesburg of Huntley recognized the past Gala chairmen for their successful events that benefited the hospital over the past 30 years. In attendance were past chairmen Sharon Sauceda, Kathy Hannell, Vera Helm, Bob and Angela Allanson, Mary Stanley, Carol Boytor, Katie Hoffmann, Christine Rejman, Carri Laird, Nancy Adee, Ann Gerardo and Magda Nelson.

Hospital President/CEO Steve Scogna welcomed the guests and thanked the Auxiliary for the tremendous work they do all year within the hospital and in fundraising for the hospital. He also welcomed the hospital leadership and staff to the event, along with representatives from Provena Health.

Dr. H. Jae Ihm received the Vikram Shah Award from Provena Medical Staff President Dr. Cynthia Steimle. This award is given each year by the medical staff to recognize a physician who emulates the late Dr. Vikram Shah. Ihm’s many acts of kindness have been done quietly, but have not gone unnoticed. He was recognized for his dedication and compassion for patients, friends, staff, colleagues and his community.

A-Tec Ambulance received the Auxiliary DOVE Award for its gift of time, talent and treasure to the Auxiliary, the hospital and the community. In attendance from A-Tec was the leadership team of this Elgin based company: Ralph Troeger, Rita Troeger, Dick Krause, David Davis and Bill Mears.

Before dessert was served the dance floor was filled with guests dancing to the music of The Night Shift Orchestra, such as hospital board members Jeff Rifken and his wife Sandy, Pat and Dan Spekowski and Art and Sharon Sauceda. Other guests included Dr. Jean Bowen and husband Gary, Donna and Roger Burnidge, Merrie and John Derderian, Sandy and Fred Imming, Leo and Marilyn Nelson, Jack and Marlene Shales and Don and Pat Laird made the event a family affair, attending with their children and spouses.

All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the hospital’s Comprehensive Rehab Unit. The unit is currently being renovated, creating private rooms with enlarged bathrooms. Patients and staff are excited about the “new look” on the hospital’s fourth and fifth floors.

Elgin Area Historical Society celebrates first gala

Some 150 guests from the area were in attendance at the Heritage Ballroom in Elgin on Nov. 6 as the Elgin Area Historical Society Celebrated its first ever gala. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres while participating in the silent auction donated by Marge Row. Liz Marston, museum director, was responsible for catering.

“The event and evening was a huge success. In fact we met all our goals,” were the comments of David Nelson, chair. “We even got some new members for this Historical Society.”

Joe Wiegand (as President Theodore Roosevelt) brought along a teddy bear, which was won by Maury Dyer, vice president of the Historical Society. While here in our city, Mr. T.R. visited students at Larsen and Ellis Middle Schools who were thrilled when he made a personal appearance.

If you would like to be a part of the Elgin Area Historical Society, call 847-742-4248.

Fashion show to benefit Patricia Keeney

You’re invited to enjoy this unique fashion show, featuring vintage hats, handbags and jewelry, which will be auctioned at the show. Enjoy an afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 Saturday at Villa Verone in downtown Elgin. For more detailed information, call Ruth at 224-402-8358.



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