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February/March 2011

NCH Fashion Show Ends After 52-year Run

The NCH Foundation recently announced that the Hospital’s Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon has drawn to a close after 52 years. Due to steadily declining attendance, in conjunction with volunteer, staff and guests’ feedback, it was determined that the fashion show should be discontinued and a new event developed.

“Saying good-bye to the Fashion Show is tough because it has such a long and inspiring history,” explains David Ungurean, vice president of the NCH Foundation. “It was first held in 1957, before the Hospital was even built, by the women of the community. Over the years, it has raised more than $2.5 million for services ranging from nursing education to a state-of-the-art NICU to a new imaging center for emergency patients.”

The NCH Medical Staff, along with Hospital employees, area residents and past attendees, was notified of the decision at the end of show image

“Over the years, the fashion show has generated a wonderful sense of community pride in NCH,” notes Ungurean. “This made the decision difficult, but we hope to put together a new benefit that continues to rally our neighbors in support of the hospital they know and love.”

Over the next year, the Foundation will be gathering ideas and making plans for a new event in 2012. Questions or suggestions? Contact David Ungurean at or call 847.618.4275.


After a 52-year run, the Annual NCH Fashion Show and Luncheon benefit has come to an end. While it's tough to say good-bye to such a longstanding tradition, Foundation staff and volunteers are busy creating a new, multigenerational fundraiser to debut in 2012.

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