Gala Recognizes Mary A. and William G. Ryan and Other Donors for Their Support
MAYWOOD, Ill. â More than 350 friends and supporters gathered on the Loyola University Medical Center campus on Saturday, May 21, to celebrate the 2nd Annual Loyola University Health System Gala, which honored Hinsdale residents Mary A. and William G. Ryan as recipients of the Presidentâs Medal for Distinguished Service. "The Loyola University Health System Gala brings together our most generous friends who care deeply about the future of our world-class clinical programs,â said Karen Lewis Alexander, senior vice president for development and external affairs. âWe spend days transforming our medical center campus into a breathtaking dinner-dance venue so that the setting matches the celebratory mood of this special evening.â This included the hospitalâs soaring lobby where guests in evening clothes enjoyed cocktails and took part in a dedication ceremony recognizing donors before boarding trolleys for a campus tour. Arriving at an enormous tent erected at the south end of campus, a red carpet led party goers to a lounge tent filled with Le Corbusier-inspired white leather furniture and surrounded with boxwood topiaries. âThis night honors individuals and organizations who have given much to advance our mission. We also present the health system's most prestigious award, the President's Medal for Distinguished Service. We are thrilled that this year the medal was given to William and Mary Ryan of Hinsdale, an extraordinary couple whose gift to the health system named our Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine," Alexander said. At dinner, a harpist played while guests enjoyed twin beef and barramundi fillets. Guests ate amidst a profusion of peonies, roses and lilacs. Dancing followed, with the Ryans, all seven of their children, respective spouses, 30 grandchildren and many other relatives taking a turn on the dance floor to the music of City Lights Orchestra. At the conclusion of the event, volunteers transported the striking floral arrangements to the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, which is located across from the campus, to bring joy and say thank you to the men and women who protect our nation. Loyola University Health System is committed to excellence in patient care and the education of health professionals. New knowledge and advances in healing in the communities we serve are achieved through ethical behavior, academic distinction and scientific research. LUHS is dedicated to going beyond the treatment of disease to also treat the human spirit. For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.