Celebrating Aurora's innovators - and donors like you!

More than 800 people attended Aurora Health Care Foundation’s only system-wide gala on Saturday, September 8, at the Wisconsin Center in Downtown Milwaukee. Guests were entertained by surprise music act, Earth, Wind and Fire, and helped to raise more than $800,000 to strengthen innovation and new care models that improve access to quality care across our health system.  

Dan and Susie Minahan of Milwaukee served as the event’s chairs. We also recognized longtime Aurora Health Care supporter, Mrs. Judy Gardetto, for her family’s continued support and dedication to Aurora Health Care.

We're so grateful to our many partners and supporters whose contributions will strengthen future advancements and care models that will help so many people live well. Thank you!

Earth Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire perform for guests.

View photos from this year's Gala

Support new and leading discoveries that help our patients live well.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Signature Sponsors

J. P. Morgan

Premier Sponsors

CG Schmidt

Aurora Metro Medical Staff and its 2,148 members

Aurora Orthopedics

  • Dr. Dennis Anderson
  • Dr. Bruce Faure
  • Christine Hernke
  • Craig and Cari Jankuski


  • Dr. Joe Kohli
  • Dr. Stephen Kurtin
  • Dr. Matthew Mellon
  • Dr. Nicholas Webber

Infinity Sponsors


Aurora Cancer Care

  • Dr. Charles Bomzer
  • Dr. Aaron Chevinsky
  • Dr. Jeffrey Derus
  • Dr. Scott Kamelle


  • Dr. Wesley Papenfuss
  • Dr. Federico Sanchez
  • Dr. James Weese

Aurora GI

  • Dr. Aboud Affi
  • Dr. Cesar Chan
  • Dr. Abdullah Fayyad
  • Dr. Tarun Kaura
  • Dr. Nilay Kumar


  • Dr. Usman Latif
  • Dr. Thomas Puetz
  • Dr. Tarun Sharma
  • Dr. Vasanth Siddalingaiah


Dan and Sue Minahan

Leadership Sponsors

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
JP Cullen
Cushman Wakefield Boerke
Midwest Nephrology Associates
Strategic Resources, Inc.
United Healthcare


Aurora Cardiovascular and Thoracic Service Line

  • Dr. Daniel O’Hair

Aurora Primary Care Service Line

  • Dr. Julia Hester-Diaz and
    Dr. Al Diaz
  • Patti Imberger
  • Dr. Jeffrey Katt
  • Dr. James Santarelli
  • Dr. Betsy Winga

Joanne Disch and Jane Barnsteiner

Jim and Diana Skogsbergh

Dr. Nick and Kathy Turkal

Sustaining Sponsors

  • Drs. Aboud Affi and Camellia Eshoa Affi
  • Aurora Critical Care Service
  • Steve Bablitch and Elaine Kelch
  • Dr. Jeff and Sarah Bahr
  • Joanne Bauer and Tim Painter
  • The Benefit Services Group, Inc.
  • BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Part of Versiti
  • Tom and Lisa Bolger
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brewers Community Foundation
  • COTG – A Xerox Company
  • Troy and Shannon Dennhof
  • EmOpti, Inc.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Mark Thomas
  • Nan Gardetto and Richard Slater
  • Mark and Marie Golanowski
  • GRAEF/Brubaker/Ring & DuChateau
  • Michael and Kelly Grebe
  • Gail Hanson and Richard Graebner
  • Shelly and Michael Hart
  • HGA
  • Ivy Planning Group
  • The Kerns Family
  • Carrie and Grant Killoran
  • Rick and Tracey Klein
  • Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc.
  • Stanley Kritzik
  • Mike and Tracy Lappin
  • Marcus Corporation
  • Dr. Sylvia Meltzer
  • MGIC
  • Mortenson Kim
  • Dennis and Lynn Potts
  • Progressive Parking Solutions LLC
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Michael Rodgers
  • Dr. Federico and Yolanda Sanchez
  • Dr. Vasanth Siddalingaiah
  • USA TODAY NETWORK - Wisconsin
  • Venture Investors
  • Wasiullah Family Foundation
  • Dr. James and Barbara Weese
  • Richard and Mary Weiss
  • Wisconsin Center District
  • Women’s Health Service Line
  • Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Aurora Critical Care

  • Dr. Al Bugazia
  • Dr. David Kramer
  • Dr. Mohammed Mohammed
  • Dr. Charles Ojielo
  • Dr. Lisa Peterson
  • Dr. Pedro Salinas

Women’s Health

  • Dr. Tracy Capes
  • Carla Kelly
  • Keith and Mira Ketzler
  • Dr. Estil Strawn
  • Dr. Ann Windsor

Special thanks to:

Dr. Michael and Catherine Malone

Dr. Bill Tisol

Dr. Masood Wasiullah

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Zils