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Swedish Covenant Hospital Gala Honored Local Philanthropists, Raises Funds For Surgical Services

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, November 11, 2011

Swedish Covenant Hospital 2011 Spirit of Compassion Award recipients Richard and Roxy Pepper with Swedish Covenant Hospital President and CEO Mark Newton. Photo from SCH

From a press release provided by Swedish Covenant Hospital:

CHICAGO (November 10, 2011) — The Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation Board’s 2011 Annual Benefit Gala, The Masquerade, was a tremendous success, raising more than $862,000 for the hospital’s Surgical Services unit. The funds will be used to upgrade the unit’s state-of-the-art equipment, including its robotic and orthopedic instruments.

The event, held October 29 at Navy Pier in Chicago, honored philanthropists Richard and Roxy Pepper and the Yelda family as this year’s Spirit of Compassion Award recipients. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the lives of many over the years. The Peppers have been generous donors to the hospital and have helped make the physical facility what it is today through their company, Pepper Construction. The Yeldas established a large bequest to Swedish Covenant Hospital and as a result the hospital named its newly remodeled emergency department after them.

Robert H. Jordan, Jr., of WGN-TV, emceed the event, which was attended by nearly 1,000 mask-adorned guests including major donors, hospital physicians and community leaders. The gala was chaired by Swedish Covenant Hospital COO Anthony Guaccio and his wife, Sandra Guaccio.

For more information, visit www.SwedishCovenantFoundation.org/gala.

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