Lake Bluff, IL – February 4, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Northwestern Medicine is the title sponsor and health care partner for the 2015 Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party. The event will be held on Saturday, July 25th by the Village Green in downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois.
“Having a terrific partner like Northwestern Medicine for the fourth year is huge,” said Race Director Marco Colbert. “This has grown into a great community event featuring a full day of exciting bike racing and family fun. Our pro men and women races will again attract national attention as part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and will draw top cyclists from across the country and around the world.”
“Northwestern Medicine is proud to once again sponsor this wonderful community event,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. “We hope that families will come watch the pros and advanced racers in the Criterium and be inspired to incorporate cycling into their own fitness routines. Promoting healthy activities like cycling supports Northwestern Medicine’s mission to create healthier communities.”
“The bike race and the block party are wonderful events to showcase our beautiful community and charming central business district, and provide an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a fun-filled intergenerational experience,” said Lake Bluff Village President Kathleen O’Hara. “We continue to receive positive feedback regarding these family friendly events and are proud to host such a prestigious sporting event.”
The Criterium is combined again with the Lake Bluff Block Party, produced by Friends of Lake Bluff Parks, to provide residents a great day of outdoor music, sport and fun. The bicycle racing will run from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; the Block Party will be 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Local restaurants will provide a Taste of Lake Bluff on the Green, while live music by local musicians is staged in the Gazebo during the Block Party.
“The Block Party is a key fundraising component in our current multi-year campaign goal of $50,000 for updated stairs and restrooms at Lake Bluff’s Sunrise Beach,” said Friends Vice President and Block Party Director Jennifer Beeler. “With strong sponsorship support from local companies and enthusiastic participation from attendees and volunteers, we expect to achieve our goals: raising funds and raising awareness of the benefits the Park District offers Lake Bluff and the greater community.”
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About Northwestern Medicine
Northwestern Medicine, anchored in downtown Chicago, joins the Northwestern Medicine Health System and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in a shared vision to transform healthcare and positively impact people’s lives through clinical innovation, educational excellence and breakthrough research.
In Chicago and its northern and western suburbs, Northwestern Medicine provides care through four hospitals and across 60 ambulatory sites that respond to the growing demand for quality healthcare close to where people live and work. A combined health system and medical school workforce of more than 25,000 works to advance Northwestern Medicine with a focus on quality, innovation and excellence. More than 600,000 patients are now served by the health system through primary, specialty and hospital-based care. With a strong commitment to community, the health system contributed more than $565 million in community benefit last year. For more information, visit Northwestern Medicine’s website.
About Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a 201-bed community hospital with 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, conveniently located in offices throughout Lake County. The hospital has been named the “Consumer Choice” Hospital for Lake and Kenosha counties according to a survey by National Research Corporation for eight years in a row for best doctors, best quality, best overall image and reputation and most preferred for all health needs.
Clinical services are delivered at the hospital’s Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses, and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee-Brookside, Gurnee-Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. At the main hospital in Lake Forest, exemplary care is provided in Cain Family Emergency Services, the Hunter Family Center for Women’s Health, the Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Center, the Waud Family Maternity Services and the Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine. For more information, visit the Lake Forest Hospital website.
About Friends of Lake Bluff Parks
Friends of Lake Bluff Parks was formed in 2005 as part of a strategy to ensure funding for capital projects and improvement of the Lake Bluff Park District. The mission of Friends is to provide long-term funding for parks, programs and facilities through philanthropy and collaboration with individuals, families, community groups and partner organizations. Friends of Lake Bluff Parks is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. www.friendsoflbparks.org
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