Help transform research into extraordinary care!

The 2017 Aurora Gala focuses on supporting research and innovation led by Aurora Health Care physicians, scientists, and visionary leaders. 

Join us for an amazing evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, featuring innovation stations, a gourmet dinner, and surprise music entertainment!

2017 Honorary Chairs:
  • Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
  • Vivian and Tim Sullivan
We are honored to dedicate a portion of the evening to recognize Mr. Stanley Kritzik for his longtime dedication to research and innovation at Aurora Health Care.
Proceeds to this black-tie event will:
  • Provide seed funding to local researchers through the Aurora Research Innovation Awards to launch studies focused on improving patient outcomes. 
  • Foster leading-edge laboratory research in the areas of cardiovascular, neurosciences, and cancer and share the findings globally to improve the quality of life of patients worldwide.  
  • Train future researchers through clinical and laboratory-based educational opportunities to grow their knowledge and passion for patient-centered research.
For more information on sponsorships or about the event, please contact Meaghan Vilcins at 414-219-4709 or email

2017 Aurora Gala co-chairs Sheldon and Marianne Lubar (left) and Vivian and Tim Sullivan.

Join us, and support the research that strengthens our communities.

Aurora Research Institute

The Aurora Research Institute

Researchers at Aurora Research Institute are committed to conducting cutting edge bench and clinical research.

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Stanley Kritzik

Honoring Stanley Kritzik

We are very pleased to honor Mr. Stanley Kritzik for his lifetime of visionary leadership and dedication to Aurora Health Care.

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Chicago at the 2016 Aurora Gala

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Take a look at photos from last year's memorable gala, held in support of the many women's health programs here at Aurora.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

Signature Sponsors

APN Health

Premier Sponsors

CG Schmidt

Aurora Cardiovascular and Thoracic Service Lines

Aurora Orthopedics

Aurora Metro Medical Staff

Stanley Kritzik

Infinity Sponsors


Aurora Cancer Care

Jere McGaffey and Foley & Lardner LLP

Aurora Palliative Care in fond memory of Mr. Michael W. Phelan


Leadership Sponsors

Anthem BCBS
JP Cullen
Midwest Nephrology
United Healthcare


Aurora Primary Care

  • Dr. AJ Capelli 
  • Dr. Julia Hester-Diaz and Dr. Al Diaz
  • Chris Larson 
  • Dr. Melanie Smith 
  • Sharon Quinlan 

Aurora Research Institute

  • Dr. Randall Lambrecht
  • Dr. Nina Garlie
  • Dr. Arshad Jahangir
  • Katie Klein
  • Sara Planton
  • Dr. Judy Tjoe
  • Kurt Waldhuetter

Joanne Disch and 
Jane Barnsteiner

Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Charitable Fund


Donald J. and Gale A. Nestor


Dr. Nick and Kathy Turkal


Media Sponsor