From Roots to Wings Gala

From Roots to Wings Gala

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the level of COVID-19 in the community we are postponing the gala. Please check back for a rescheduled date. Thank you for your ongoing support.

From Roots to Wings Gala
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

It is said that there are only two lasting bequests that we can hope to give our children—roots and wings. Rush Copley is committed to both by helping our tiniest, most vulnerable patients grow up strong and healthy. The two beneficiaries of the event include:

Rush Copley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where donations support our tiniest patients who are born prematurely and/or face serious infections, birth defects, feeding issues or other potentially life-threatening conditions. Donations to the event will support the Parent Resource Room. The room is a calming and nurturing environment where parents can grab a snack or a drink, read a book, scrapbook or even watch a movie. The room houses the "book mobile" for the NICU’s shared reading program, giving parents an opportunity to borrow a variety of books throughout their baby's stay that can be read to them at the bedside.

The Lynn and Bob Barclay Big Heart Family Fund, which provides health and safety equipment like car seats, thermometers and play yards to our neediest young patients and their families. This Fund likewise includes a focus on the importance of reading by partnering with the wonderful Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based nonprofit organization. The leaders of this program (physicians and staff) promote early literacy and school readiness in the pediatric office by providing a free book on every visit from 6-months through 5 years of age!

The NICU Parent Resource Room and the Lynn and Bob Barclay Big Heart Family Fund both operate completely on contributions. Your donation will help weave safety nets and build strong family bonds for children and infants in the greatest need. Your generosity helps our youngest patients gain the strong roots they need to eventually grow the wings to soar.

For more information, please contact Jes Bennett, Annual Giving and Special Events Officer, at or (630) 978-4984.