The Edward Foundation raised $910,000 at its 25th annual gala, The Big Gig: Passport, on Saturday, October 24 at The Westin Lombard. Nearly 800 people attended the event, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation and supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will help fund expansion and renovation of the Edward Cancer Center on the Edward Hospital campus in Naperville. Funds raised were from tickets sold, sponsorships, auction items and packages, and paddle raise sales.
Charitable contributions to the Foundation help Edward invest in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, recruit world-class medical professionals and deliver the highest quality care to almost 1.7 million patients within its reach.
In recent years, Foundation funds have contributed to the purchase of a 3T MRI System and expansion and renovation of Edward’s MRI space; construction of a new 24-bed advanced Intensive Care Unit; expansion and renovation of the Newborn and Pediatric Intensive Care Units; purchase of a second da Vinci robotic surgical system; opening of the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Illinois; a three-wing expansion of Linden Oaks at Edward; opening of the western suburbs’ first Hybrid Operating Room and the latest diagnostic technology for Edward’s endoscopy lab.
The Edward Foundation was established in 1990 and has raised more than $40 million in its mission to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives, including free services and health and wellness programs; centers of excellence like Edward Heart Hospital and Edward Cancer Center; and programs that make Edward unique, like the Ronald McDonald Family Room. To make a donation to or for more information about the Foundation, call (630) 527-3954 or visit www.EdwardFoundation.org.