Sweet Gift to Support Nursing

Culver’s owner Susan Bulgrin and her daughter Katie

Susan Bulgrin started out as a pediatric nurse practitioner, later taught nursing and worked as a state public health official. Then, she entered the business world, becoming the owner of a Culver’s franchise in Wisconsin. Her daughter Katie joined her mother’s business, and together they recently opened another Culver’s restaurant in Skokie.

The mother and daughter team wanted to support National Nurses Week (May 6-12) at NorthShore, so they offered to help raise funds for nursing scholarships by offering a gift card, good for a free Culver’s sundae, to those who participated in a raffle. More than 450 employees and visitors from all four hospitals bought raffle tickets.

Raffle prize packages included Chicago Blackhawks tickets, signed Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears gear, a NorthShore Integrative Medicine basket, artwork, gift certificates to spas, entertainment, photography and more. The raffle raised over $6,000 to support NorthShore’s Nursing STARs Program (Say Thanks And Recognize excellence), which supports scholarship and professional development for NorthShore nurses.

Bulgrin said having a nursing background has been extremely beneficial to her business-based career. “I’ve been able to transfer skills I had as a nurse to this profession, such as the ability to process information and think strategically.”

“I loved nursing but also had a passion for business,” said Bulgrin, who now owns or is in partnership with five restaurants. “The nursing skills are transferable to a restaurant owner, like knowing about sanitation and handling of food, and personnel skills, such as taking care of guests and employees.”

She and her daughter wanted to give back to nurses in the North Shore community—and found a way. “I realize how much they give to everyone,” said Bulgrin.

Please consider making a donation to the Nursing STARs Program.

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