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Art and design organization MMPI partners with health advocates at Antiques Fair

Art 220, courtesy of MMPI
Art 220, courtesy of MMPI
Gold Figures, Art 220

The Fall International Antiques Fair Preview Night event benefiting Friends of Prentice will take place on Thursday, September 30th, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. attendees can pay $75 to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to guest speaker Leigh Keno present “An intimate conversation with Leigh Keno.”

The rescue of lost classics has interested the Keno brothers for most of their lives. Their aesthetic instincts are based on proportion, line, balance and craftsmanship, not age. “Good design is timeless,” says Leigh, who finds beauty in curvy Philadelphia rococo as well as long, lean legs shaped by Italian architect Carlo Mollino and inlaid butterfly joints carved by George Nakashima. This presentation is an intimate conversation with Leigh Keno about good design. The conversation is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30th, 2010. Following the benefit portion of the event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the general preview of the Antiques Fair, including the Emporium pavilion and extended hours at Dream Home on the first floor.

Friends of Prentice directly raise funds for Northwestern Hospital. Among the directives of the art and design savvy group, are health initiatives such as: research in prenatal diagnosis, gynecologic oncology, national ovarian cancer early detection, patient and physician education, and the institute for Women’s Health at Northwestern. MMPI partners with various charity and community groups for all of its consumer shows. This aspect of the company’s vision is directly linked to the organizations desire to be a good citizen. While providing the best and largest options in Chicago for bringing art and design to consumers, MMPI presents appealing options to donors and fundraisers for networking and raising the funds necessary to accomplish ground-breaking research and necessary health advances like those engaged in at Northwestern Hospital by Friends of Prentice.

The mission of Friends of Prentice, “the fundraising board of Prentice Women’s Hospital of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is a philanthropic, volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds that are critical for the hospital’s initiatives – discovering the causes and new treatments for women’s cancers, training future leaders in maternal fetal medicine through fellowship funding, advancing research in prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling and supporting the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern.”

This institution, Prentice Women’s Hospital, is “one of the country’s premier women’s health care facilities, providing the highest quality health care from prenatal care and childbirth to the treatment of cancer and other women’s health concerns. Prentice Women’s Hospital also is a leader in research to help save lives and improve the health and well-being of women and infants.”

Civic involvement and giving back to the community are especially important in times like the present when the economy is precarious in certain areas. The fundraising efforts of able citizens allow those portions of society to thrive and to continue to present a high standard of care. “By contributing to Friends of Prentice, you can help make a positive difference in the health of women and infants. The primary source of fundraising for Friends of Prentice is an annual black tie gala attended by more than [eight hundred] business, community and civic leaders. Since 1986, Friends of Prentice, through its generous supporters, sponsors and board members, has raised over $14 million to fund programs and capital projects at Prentice Women’s Hospital.”

“The dedication of the Board of Directors of Friends of Prentice over the last 22 years has contributed to its reputation as one of Chicago’s leading fundraising organizations.”

Tickets to the preview event are $75 for the 5-6 pm benefit portion and $15 for the 6-9pm portion. All tickets can be purchased at: You can also make a donation to benefit Friends of Prentice & Northwestern Hospital.

To purchase Fair tickets and to register for the Leigh and Leslie Keno Keynote on October 1st, 2010. Please RSVP at: the Merchandise Mart


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