MELROSE PARK, Ill. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 53th annual Emerald Ball on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenue. 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) 450-4969.
Helen Mattis, president of the auxiliary, began volunteering at Gottlieb more than 25 years ago. Her husband, Richard Mattis, MD, cares for patients at the Melrose Park campus. All volunteers at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital are automatically made members of the auxiliary.
“This year the auxiliary will present a check to help support the renovation of the hospital’s main lobby,” said Mattis, who volunteers regularly in the hospital gift shop. Last year the auxiliary pledged $75,000 towards the $5 million renovation of Gottlieb’s Orthopaedic unit, which was completed with a blessing earlier this month.
Since its founding in 1961, the auxiliary has pledged more than $5 million to the hospital and its programs. The auxiliary also has awarded more than $225,000 each year in scholarship money to area high school and college students who are pursuing careers in health care.
All proceeds from the hospital gift shop, which is largely staffed through auxiliary members, and proceeds from the hospital parking lot are ceremoniously presented in an oversized check by the auxiliary president at the Emerald Ball.
The Emerald Ball has been held on the first Saturday night in November for the last 53 years. Emerald Ball guests dance to familiar classics from Chicago’s storied Stanley Paul Orchestra while sipping cocktails and enjoying fine dining.
Founding Family of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
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.
The founder’s daughter, Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg, and 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 Gottlieb Auxiliary, which has generated millions of dollars through gift shop proceeds and has helped fund many important hospital additions. Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg was instrumental in helping to design the award-winning cancer center but passed away before construction was complete. The building was named the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center in her honor. With the affiliation with Loyola University Health System, the name is now Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
Jack Weinberg, the founder’s grandson and a successful business leader from Glencoe, remains active in Gottlieb Memorial 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."
Jack Weinberg was instrumental in the hospital’s affiliation with Loyola. Loyola awarded him the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in recognition of his exemplary leadership and demonstration of philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital united with Loyola University Health System in 2008 and, with Loyola, became part of Trinity Health in 2011. The 36-acre Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park offers a 255-licensed-bed community hospital with the Professional Office Building, 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 Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care opened at the Melrose Park campus in 2012. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, is generated at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital March through October.