Volunteers Detail Fundraising Goals

Top left, Annemarie Trapp; bottom left, Karen Braun; top right, Kevin Desai and bottom right, Aline Sarrafian

The New Year brought with it four new NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Auxiliary Presidents, leading many hundreds of volunteers in providing ongoing philanthropic support and service programs to benefit the residents of communities served by NorthShore.

Annmarie Trapp was named the President of The Auxiliary at Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals; Karen Braun the President of The Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital; Kevin Desai the President of The Associate Board; and Aline Sarrafian the President of The Women’s Board of Skokie Hospital.

Together, the four volunteer groups raise awareness and philanthropic funds that empowers physicians and researchers at NorthShore to advance new medical frontiers, cure challenging diseases and improve patient outcomes. The organizations are leaders, too, in spearheading several community service projects that provide care to families needing support.

  • The Auxiliary at Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals is raising funds for its two major events. The Hospitals’ Gala is planned for June 22 at Chicago’s historic Union Station to benefit the DodoNA Project, which is using DNA predictors to improve the health of patients with 11 common neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Autism. The Auxiliary is also planning its 29th anniversary for The American Craft Exposition (ACE), which will be held August 22-25 and benefit ovarian cancer preventive research.
  • The Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital is devoting its fundraising efforts for the next two years on three separate projects benefiting the Kellogg Cancer Center at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital. The first of the projects will allow Kellogg Cancer Center to expand its clinical research staff, providing even more patients the opportunity to benefit from new diagnostic tools and therapies. Volunteers are also raising funds to give collaborative nursing staff at the Kellogg Cancer Center the opportunity to participate in seminars, symposiums and lectures to ensure the latest treatment and techniques are available to patients. Lastly, funds raised will enable  the purchase of an ultrasound imaging device to improve placement of IV lines for cancer patients, resulting in an improved patient experience.
  • The Women’s Board of Skokie Hospital is working on its calendar for the year and has voted to dedicate its philanthropic efforts towards supporting the cardiology program at NorthShore Skokie Hospital. The Board’s support will provide state-of-the-art cardiac care enhancements and patient care to best assist patients through treatment and rehabilitation of complex heart conditions. They are pleased to kick off their fundraising efforts to coincide with February’s American Heart Month, the national campaign to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • The Associate Board, a group of young professionals, has a goal of raising $250,000 over the next three years. The Associate Board will continue to fund the Associate Board Emergency Family Fund, which provides financial assistance to families with children in the Infant Special Care Unit at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. The Associate Board is also supporting a clinical trial to determine whether breast milk increases the survival rate for premature infants at risk for infections and severe complications. The group continues to fund neonatal social work research and promising studies into how to prevent cerebral palsy in infants.   

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