March 2016 Update

Dear Friend, 

Spring is looking very bright! We are beyond grateful that Mr. David's Foundation, Superior Ambulance Service and Walsh Construction are Diamond Sponsors for this year's Ball de Fleur. Ron Magers will be our master of ceremonies for an elegant evening benefiting an incredibly important cause. As we continue to raise funds to fight the stigma around mental illness and address the need for behavioral health services, it becomes clearer every day how compelling our mission is to so many people in our community. Thank you for supporting it!

We are excited to welcome to our Foundation Board Karen Fitzgerald and Dave Jacobs, two strong community leaders committed to serving people most in need of our help. In addition, Jeff Reinke brings more than 25 years of development expertise to his new role as our Associate Vice President of Major Gifts. 

If you'd like to learn more or get involved with the work we are doing, please email or call us at 847.385.7300. Thank you, and happy spring! 

Melanie Furlan
Vice President, Advancement
Alexian Brothers Foundation 

Bringing Hope, One Life at a Time

"Words can't express my gratitude toward your outstanding staff. You truly saved my life."

Thank you for helping us transform behavioral healthcare. Since July 2015, your generous support of our vision has: 

  • provided psychiatric services at the AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health to 900 individuals who wouldn't otherwise be able to access those services due to state funding cuts and the ongoing budget crisis.
  • supported more than 400 families in learning to live healthy lives with autism spectrum disorders.
  • given 49 families compassionate, intensive treatment to learn to manage mood disorders that occur before, during and after pregnancy.
  • helped AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Health System provide specialized treatment programs that, to paraphrase one individual, help people who are scared and lost to become strong again. 

Learn more about the work we are doing to transform behavioral health in our community, one life at a time. 

Think Happy, Be Happy

Thanks to our pediatric partners, children in the northwest suburbs are receiving compassionate, high-quality care tailored to their unique needs: 

  • Philanthropy recently helped AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, Hoffman Estates, purchase GoNoodle, an interactive program to help kids positively channel their energy. 
  • It also helped purchase eight monitors for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery. 
  • Albums of Hope, a local partner, recently lifted kids' spirits during their hospital stays. View more photos 
  • If you're still hungry to help, stop by one of three local Burger Kings. Thanks to the generosity of Bill Gill, mention "Alexian Brothers" when you order and 15% of your total will go toward our patients and families. Learn more

Associates Create a Culture of Compassion

Nearly 1,800 associates demonstrated the extent of their compassion by donating more than $407,000 in the annual Walk with the Brothers Associate Appeal. Their inspiring generosity benefited fellow associates who have fallen on hard times; individuals who need treatment for behavioral health disorders; and adults facing homelessness and HIV/AIDS. In addition to the daily work they do in their professional roles at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Health System, every year associates go above and beyond to contribute, out of their own pockets, to people who have the greatest health needs in our community. Thank you for creating a culture of compassion that carries on the Alexian Brothers tradition of service! View more photos

Physicians Invest in Lasting Legacy

Thirty-two physicians to date have made a commitment to leave a lasting legacy for vulnerable people in our community. The inspiring physician leaders who are Foundation Physicians Council Lifetime Members generously support the Health Cares Fund in order to address unmet community health needs, including for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, adults impacted by HIV/AIDS and homelessness, and individuals with mental illness.

These Firefighters Fight More than Fires

The Schaumburg Firefighters Professional Association IAFF Local 4092 generously donated $20,000 from its annual Pink Tie Ball, which will be used to support research and navigation at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute. Thank you for your partnership and support of our mission and oncology ministry! View more photos 



Thank You for Your Support of Our Mission!