2019 Annual Benefit Gala

With images of sandy beaches and lush waterfalls filling the ballroom, over 800 guests enjoyed this year’s Annual Benefit Gala, Tropical Paradise, at the Chicago Hilton. Chaired by Drs. Frederman Concepcion and Rosibell Arcia-Diaz and co-chaired by Dr. Shameem Abbasy and Imtiaz Javed, the gala featured elegant dining, Planeta Azul samba dancers and drummers, a large silent auction and dancing the night away to tropical rhythms. This year’s event raised over $830,000 for the SCH Cardiology Department and its services.

When asked about the importance of the gala to the Cardiology Department, Event Chair, Dr. Concepcion stressed that, “Although our capacity to diagnose heart disease has never been greater, having reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease by 50%, heart and vascular disease remains a leading cause of death. It’s imperative that we continue to provide the highest level of cardiovascular care with the most advanced technology.” Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, we will continue to offer state-of-the-art medical services to our cardiac patients. 

2019 Spirit of Compassion Award

During the event, we were honored to present the 2019 Spirit of Compassion award to two individuals who have given selflessly of themselves to improve the human condition of others, not only at Swedish Covenant Health, but throughout the world. This year’s Spirit of Compassion award was presented to Mr. Larry Anderson and Representative and House Majority Leader,  Mr. Greg Harris.

To view photos from the event, click here.

We gratefully acknowledge our generous Elite sponsors of this year’s Gala:


Title Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Allstate Insurance Company
Lawrence and Diann Anderson
Anthony and Sandra Guaccio
Christopher and Charlene Olson
Diagnostic Radiology Specialists, SC
Dr. Frederman Concepcion and Dr. Rosibell Arcia-Diaz
Erie Family Health Center
Evangelical Covenant Church
Galter LifeCenter
Harmony Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Nephron Dialysis Center
Nixon Peabody LLC
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Swedish Emergency Associates, S.C.
UroPartners: Daniel S. Merrick, M.D., Matthew A. Meadows, M.D. &         Steven G. Koopman, M.D.
Wintrust Bank Chicago


Silver Sponsors

Assurance Agency, LTD
Charles and Nancy Adair
Dr. Greg Anderson
AIG Retirement Services
Bear Construction Company
Blood Science Foundation
Gregory & Jami Brown
Cassiday Schade LLP
Dr. Jorge Chedrauy
Crothall Healthcare, Inc.
EMCOR Services Team Mechanical, Inc
Thomas Garvey
Jensen & Halstead, Ltd.
Jonathan and Jill Lind
Jones & Cleary Roofing Co.
Dr. Atika Khan
Morrison Healthcare Foodservice
Dr. Paresh Patel
Dr. Shilpan Patel
Pepper Construction Group
Dr. Vaidotas Petrus
SCH Laboratory Physicians, SC
Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care
The YMI Group
Dr. Eduardo J. Villa
Dr. Xiaoyuan Xie and Dr. Yonghong Jiang


2018 Annual Benefit Gala Le Cirque Recap