Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Musician Harry Connick, Jr. Headline the Event
**Children's Memorial is becoming Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago on June 9, 2012**
CHICAGO, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was announced by Children's Memorial Hospital:
Chicago philanthropist Ann Lurie, along with a committee of leading philanthropists and Chicago civic leaders, will host a gala to offer a first look at the newly-completed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Event co-chairs include Lester Crown, Ann Lurie, Andrew J. McKenna, Robert S. Murley, Penny Pritzker and J. Christopher Reyes, who are also co-chairs of Heroes for Life: Campaign for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The event has been generously underwritten by Bombardier and Guggenheim.
The goal of the event is to celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art, 23-story building and to raise an additional $5 million for its fundraising campaign. Highlights of the evening include actress Sarah Jessica Parker as guest host and a performance by Harry Connick, Jr.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 East Chicago Avenue
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012
- Media arrive at 3:15 for tour of hospital and interview with Ann Lurie
- Blue carpet coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.
- Interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker at 6:15 p.m. on blue carpet
Children's Memorial Hospital will be renamed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in recognition of Lurie's $100 million gift. On June 9, the hospital plans to move up to 200 patients from Lincoln Park to the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where Lurie Children's is located.
The new location will enable the hospital to recruit top pediatric specialists, and its close proximity to Prentice Women's Hospital will expedite care to critically ill newborns.
SOURCE Children's Memorial Hospital