Pillars Ball Raises $250,000 for Our Programs
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Pillars Community Health hosted The 2018 Pillars Ball at the Oak Brook Hills Hilton Resort in Oak Brook, IL. The event marked our first fundraiser as a merged organization (Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars merged to form Pillars Community Health on January 1, 2018). As a merged nonprofit, we are now one of only a few organizations in the state to integrate primary medical and dental care with mental health and social services. Individuals and families in the western and southwestern suburbs now have access to a variety of services (Medical; Dental; Mental Health and Addictions; Domestic and Sexual Violence; Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care; Prevention/Health Education and Outreach; and Benefits Assistance) at one organization.
At The 2018 Pillars Ball, 480 area residents attended the event to show their support. In addition to attendees, the gala brought in 75 volunteers, 102 auction and raffle donors, and 29 sponsors including local businesses and community leaders. Together they helped raise $250,000 to support the organization’s programs.
“it was a joy to gather together so many long-time supporters of the organization and its legacy organizations—particularly at a time of innovation,” says Angela Curran, JD, LLM, who became president and CEO of Pillars Community Health on January 1. “For our donors, the merger means that their individual dollars can have that much broader of an impact on the western and southwestern suburbs.”
Attendees enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live band, and gaming (including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette). A live auction offered opportunities to give back and win something to take home, such as an opal ring or Chicago sports tickets. For a $100 chance, one lucky attendee won the Golden Ticket Raffle, which included only 100 chances to win a week-long stay in a Tuscan farmhouse in Italy. Another lucky attendee won an instant wine cellar with 100 bottles of premium wines donated by community members. Pillars Community Health debuted a video at the event, featuring area partners (such as Concordia University and First Congregational Church of Western Springs) discussing how they’ve seen Pillars Community Health directly aid members of their communities in recent years and months.
In addition to welcoming new president an CEO Angela Curran, the organization also took time during the program to honor Ann C. Schreiner, AM, LCSW, who retired as president and CEO of Pillars on December 31, 2017. Schreiner received The Pillars Award on stage for her 34 years of work with the organization. In addition, staff surprised her by making a $5,000 donation in her name.
To learn more about The 2018 Pillars Ball and to see pictures, visit the Ball web page.