Friends of Prentice Gala Benefits Women’s Health

HSPRD applauds Friends of Prentice (FOP) – a non-profit organization working in partnership with Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital to fund innovative and leading-edge research benefiting the lives of women and children – for raising more than $750,000 at its 34th annual fundraising benefit, themed An Evening in Oz. This year’s gala honored Dr. Michael Socol for his distinguished service to Prentice Women’s Hospital over the past 40 years, as well as his role as a founding Friends of Prentice Board Member. Dr. Socol is married to HSPRD’s founding member and shareholder Donna Kaner Socol, who is also FOP’s gala committee chair.

Dr. Socol has trained over 350 obstetric residents and 40 fellows, delivered over 6,000 babies, received local and national recognition for his leadership, and even appeared on Oprah Winfrey.

Since 1983, FOP has raised over $20M and awarded grants to more than 80 researchers and clinical programs. FOP’s annual grants initiative has funded projects in the areas of gynecologic oncology, mental health, heart disease, disparities in access to care, diabetes, HIV, uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research, home health care outreach and more.

Funds raised during the Benefit will go directly to research, education, and patient care programs at Prentice.

For more information about Friends of Prentice or how to get involved or support the organization, please visit

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