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Local bands to entertain fundraiser guests

Three local bands will entertain guests at the La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation’s upcoming “Jazz Under the Stars” event July 11 at The Pavilions at Brookfield Zoo.

Local entertainers include the Tom Florian Ensemble, the Joe Hurt Trio, and Strange Arrangement.  The Tom Florian Ensemble consists of current Lyons Township High School students, and they will be performing as guests enter The Pavilions.  The Joe Hurt Trio will provide entertainment in the in the Blue Note Lounge and Strange Arrangement will play in the Dolphin Pavilion after dinner.  Both bands consist of members who graduated from Lyons Township High School. 

The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, live music, dancing and an auction at the exotic Pavilions at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield. The atmosphere will be a bit more relaxed compared to years past. Proceeds from the extravaganza will be used to purchase a Wi-Fi communication system to enhance patient care and satisfaction. 

“We’re pleased to introduce a fresh look and new location for this historically popular but formal event,” said G. Grant Dixon III, who is co-chairing the event with his wife, Susan Dixon. “We are suggesting cocktail attire instead of black tie.  We want everyone to be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company for a worthy cause.”

That worthy cause is a phone system that allows patients and caregivers to have immediate access to each other, and more importantly provides patients with a higher level of security, comfort and care.

“When a patient is hospitalized, this increased sense of communication and level of care will offer comfort and reassurance to them.”  Susan Dixon said.

Dr. Eric Yang, a surgeon who treats patients at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, also is co-chairing the event with his wife, Shirley Yang.

“We hope the community will help us take on this important project,” said Dr. Eric Yang.

The philanthropic foundation supports capital endeavors and day-to-day needs at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange, through events such as “Jazz Under the Stars.” 

Tickets are $150 each, with pavilion sponsorships available from $500. For details, call Diane Lillwitz at (708) 245-2904.