The Oak Park Country Club filled with supporters of PCC Community Wellness Center and the PCC Birth Center.

OAK PARK, Ill. – On Saturday, October 19th, 2013, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) hosted its 4th Annual Fundraising Gala, “Oh Baby! An Evening of Motown Memories.” Over 250 PCC staff, health care providers, business leaders, elected officials, and members of the community gathered to show their support for PCC in its venture to open the first free-standing birth center in Illinois.

The festivities were held at the Oak Park Country Club, an elegant space transformed with fall colored flower arrangements, creatively designed by McAdams Landscaping. Guests mingled with cocktails as they surveyed a large raffle display, many items generously donated from local businesses. Vintage records served as part of the place setting and were hung behind the band, V. Holmes and the Fellas, as they performed Motown Hits.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Illinois’ first free-standing birth center, housed at PCC South Family Health Center in Berwyn. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, PCC cares for an underserved and low-income patient population who are offered full-scope midwifery and obstetric care. Expectant parents interested in natural birth will soon have the option of delivering at the birth center, an opportunity not frequently available to the medically underserved.

With the theme of the night focused on the birth center, PCC honored four individuals dedicated to passing legislation in Illinois allowing birth centers to open. The Health & Medicine Policy Research Group created a task force to launch the initiative in 1987. Members of the research group, such as Executive Director Margie Schaps, Lon Berkeley, and Gayle Riedmann were dedicated to the project and served as leaders during the process. It took over twenty years to gain enough momentum for the bill to ultimately pass, thanks to many long-term supporters and politicians like Senate President John J. Cullerton. Legislation was passed in 2007, with final rules and regulations not completed until 2011. PCC’s Birth Center will open in early 2014.

PCC thanks Platinum Sponsors at West Suburban Medical Center, Weiss Hospital, and Westlake Hospital; gold sponsors, Madison Construction Company and Kimberly and Barry Fields; as well as the many other sponsors, guests, and donors who made the event a success.

For more information about PCC or the birth center, please contact Toni Bush, PCC’s Director of Development, at 708-524-7687 or Monetary donations towards the birth center are welcome. Checks can be made payable to PCC Community Wellness Center and can be mailed to the attention of the Development Department at 14 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302.