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Kim Kollwelter with Friends of Prentice board member Rocky Lopez

Four hundred fifty of Chicago’s business leaders—including suburban philanthropists—gathered in late October to raise funds for women’s health care. Friends of Prentice (, a nonprofit arm of Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital, raised more than $750,000 at its Wizard of Oz–themed event. 

The black-tie gala featured one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, dancing to the sounds of the band Dr. Bombay, and a video presentation and paddle raise to support the work of Prentice. Dr. Michael Socol was honored for his 40 years of obstetrics work at the hospital, including training residents and fellows and delivering 6,000 babies. 

“For decades, Friends of Prentice has provided crucial seed money to brilliant clinicians and researchers who are shaping the future of women’s health care,” said board president Mike Borders. “Our mission is propelled forward each year by people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to support the innovation and groundbreaking research happening at Prentice.”

Friends of Prentice has raised over $20 million and awarded grants to more than 80 researchers in the areas of gynecologic oncology, mental health, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research, home health care outreach, and more.—MD

Photo courtesy Friends of Prentice