CHICAGO --- Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), part of the Feinberg School of Medicine, will honor Maj. Tammy Duckworth, musician Rachel Barton Pine and baseball legend Ron Santo at the gala benefit, “Building Our Future: An Event To Honor Those Who Have Helped Us Succeed,” Friday, Feb. 26.
The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive. The silent auction proceeds and donations will raise funds for the construction of NUPOC’s new facility at 680 N. Lake Shore Drive. In the new state-of-the-art space, NUPOC will provide graduate education, conduct research and provide patient care to those in need of orthotic and prosthetic assistance.
The Hall of Fame Awards have been created by NUPOC to honor public figures and inspire people of all abilities every day. The inaugural Hall of Fame class consists of Duckworth, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Barton Pine, award-winning violinist and composer, who has the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation; and Santo, WGN broadcaster and former Chicago Cub’s third baseman. Duckworth and Barton Pine will be attending in person, and Santo will appear via a taped presentation.
“The inaugural Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center Hall of Fame Awards provides us with an opportunity to recognize these three special individuals for their contributions,“ said Elliot Roth, M.D., professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Feinberg. “It also allows us to build the support and awareness of the important work in education and research being conducted by the professionals at the center.”