Cheryl Skender ’80, left, at Friends of Prentice's 33rd Annual Benefit

Nov. 27, 2018

Cheryl Skender ’80, President of Friends of Prentice, recently helped raise over $700,000 to fund programs for women and infants at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital. The funds were raised Nov. 3 at Friends of Prentice's 33rd Annual Benefit at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

The event attracted more than 400 supporters who helped fund research, education and patient care programs. Cheryl opened the program and shared the success and future goals of the organization.

"Since our inception in 1983, we have raised more than $20 million and awarded grants to more than 80 researchers and clinical programs. I'm proud to share that Friends of Prentice 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," she said.

Cheryl is the Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Skender Construction, which was founded in 1955 and is based in Chicago. She is also the Chair and President of the Skender Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private organization dedicated to helping local organizations help those in need.

In 2015, she was awarded The O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award at Dominican University. Named for Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, the award was presented to Cheryl for her life-long advocacy of Dominican University. Cheryl served on Dominican’s Board of Trustees from 2011-15.

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