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Emerald Ball is a Fall Favorite

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Hosts 51st Formal Fete

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 51st annual Emerald Ball on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago.  Reservations to attend the formal fundraiser for Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, can be made by contacting the auxiliary office at (708) 538-4969.

Since its founding in 1961, the auxiliary has raised more than $5 million for the hospital and its programs. The auxiliary also has awarded more than $210,000 in scholarship money to area high school and college students and donated all proceeds from the hospital gift shop to hospital programs.

The Emerald Ball has been held consistently on the first Saturday night in November for the last 50 years. Emerald Ball guests sway to the classic rhythms of Chicago’s iconic Stanley Paul Orchestra while enjoying cocktails and fine dining at the storied Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom on Michigan Avenue.

The Gottlieb Founding Family

The hospital was founded in 1961 by David Gottlieb, a successful Chicago businessman living in Oak Park, who named the hospital in memory of his parents. With a group of two dozen area business leaders, Gottlieb spent almost four years fundraising, planning and supervising the completion of the four-story structure containing 122 beds. David and wife, Dorothy, contributed $750,000 to start the nonsectarian hospital.

Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg, daughter of the founder, together with her husband, Judd, donated the funding for a new hospital gift shop and continued their philanthropy through expansion of the hospital. Mrs. Weinberg was a leader of the Auxiliary, a volunteer group that remains active. The Auxiliary has raised millions of dollars for the hospital and has funded many important additions. Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg was instrumental in helping to design the award-winning cancer center. Mrs. Weinberg passed away before construction was completed, and the building was named the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center in her honor.

Jack Weinberg, grandson, and a successful business leader from Glencoe, remains active in Gottlieb hospital affairs. Weinberg is chairman of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation and also is a member of the Board of Directors of Loyola University Health System.

“Gottlieb Memorial Hospital was named by my grandparents in memory of their parents and founded as a way of giving back to the community,” he said. “It is important to remember them today and the many other family members who dedicated their lives to bringing the Gottlieb mission to life."

Weinberg was instrumental in the hospital’s affiliation with Loyola in 2008.  He was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by Loyola in recognition of his exemplary leadership and demonstration of philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism.

Growth of Gottlieb

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital united with Loyola University Health System in 2008 and, with Loyola, became part of Trinity Health System in 2011. The 36-acre Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park offers a 264-licensed-bed community hospital with a Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. The Gottlieb Center for Immediate Care at River Forest, a member of the Loyola University Health System, and the Loyola Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care opened in 2012.   

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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