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2020 HMPRG Awards Gala

Health & Medicine’s Annual 2020 HMPRG Awards Gala celebrated and honored the public health champions in our community who transform and improve the lives and well-being of all, both every day and in times of crisis. This event has grown more and more meaningful and inspirational over the years, and it is our hope that this free event allowed more people than ever to celebrate our collective voice!

Watch the recording here:

Virtual Art Auction

We collaborated with local artists who share our vision of health equity and social justice by hosting a Virtual Art Auction as pat of our Awards Gala. Health & Medicine donated 75% of the proceeds directly back to these artists to support their work.

Leader – $10,000 Sponsorship

Visionary – $5,000 Sponsorship

Innovator – $3,500 Sponsorship

Advocate – $1,500 Sponsorship

Friend – $600 Sponsorship

HMPRG 2020 Gala Sponsors


Crown Family Philanthropies


Claudia Fegan, MD


Mardge Cohen, MD and Gordon Schiff, MD

Susan Estes

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Sara Jean Lindholm and George P. Surgeon

Steven K. Rothschild, MD


David Ansell, MD, MPH and Paula Grabler, MD

Janice Benson, MD and Barry Mizock, MD

Lon Berkeley, MS

Erie Family Health

Joe Feinglass, PhD

Larry Goodman, MD

Leatrice Berman Sandler and Stephen Sandler

Margie Schaps, MPH and Jack Doppelt



Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, PhD, MSPH and Blake Racich

Center for Community Health Equity

Michael Gelder & Mary Rita Luecke

Joy Getzenberg

Robyn Golden, LCSW

Hill Hammock

Arthur Hoffman and Paula Weinbaum

Antoinette Lullo

Marian Macsai, MD and Jack Kaplan, PhD

Linda Rae Murray, MD

Alberto Prieto and Joseph Zanoni, MILR, PhD

Susan Reed, PhD and Ed Schwartz

Rachel Reichlin, MPH, MSN, RN

Gayle Riedman, CNM

Patricia Rush, MD

Rush Center for Excellence in Aging

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD

 Mark and D. Linda Diamond Shapiro

Ronna Stamm and Paul Lehman

Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM

Charles and Yvette Thurman

Chris Tomke & Jen McGowan-Tomke, MPH

Andre Waters

Sheldon Zenner and Ellen Morgan

Pre-show Entertainment:

Thaddeus Tukes

The Chicago Tribune says musician and composer Thaddeus Tukes “brings poetry to the vibraphone.” Thaddeus showed prodigious musical talent at a young age, and was awarded the ILMEA top high school vibraphonist in the state at 16. He is a graduate of Whitney Young High School and Northwestern University, where he pioneered the first degree in jazz vibraphone studies. Thaddeus is a Luminarts fellow, Vivian K Harsh Society Awardee, and president of newly-formed record label, Vibestown Studios. Thaddeus has been featured at Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Center in Chicago, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and a host of other locations. He currently performs as a bandleader and special guest with various ensembles throughout the country. https://linktr.ee/TukesVibes