The Gala at Tudor Oaks

JourneyCare Foundation Presents Its 12th Annual Gala


Story by Lisa Stamos | Photo: Julie Linnekin

JourneyCare, formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, was founded in 1984 by a group of forward-thinking Barrington citizens who saw the need for quality end-of-life care. From a one-room office on West Station Street, to the free-standing Pepper Family Hospice Home and Care Center in the heart of town, quality of life has improved for families in the Barrington area and beyond through its services and compassion.

Our generous community, JourneyCare, and its premier fundraising event—The Gala—have grown and kept pace with improving and expanding hospice and palliative care. Each year, JourneyCare grows its capabilities while staying true to its mission and principles. JourneyCare has taken another leap forward in a recent merger with two other agencies—Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter. This fall, the newly formed entity with greater reach and capabilities will announce its new name.

The Barrington community continues to increase its support of these efforts, especially by attending The Gala. “People believe in our event and join us,” Kristin Frazier says. Frazier is the Director of Community Events at JourneyCare. “People open their homes to us, donate auction items, and this year we had 100 more attendees than at last year’s Gala,” she said of the 7th gala that she’s managed. This year a record number was netted from the event—$464,000.

Gala Chairwoman Chrissie Mena helped Frazier create an exceptional evening for its nearly 400 guests. “I was honored to be asked to chair this year’s Gala,” Mena says. “Kristin Frazier is an inspiration to work with and the (Richard J and Stacie) Stephensons were the most gracious hosts.” Mena also helps explain the value of the event. “JourneyCare Foundation provides care for those who could not afford it otherwise. The guests, Gala sponsors, the Stephensons, our committee, and the Foundation staff really stepped up to make this year’s event spectacular.”

“The Gala at Tudor Oaks” was held at the Stephenson’s magnificent estate. Guests were offered horse-drawn carriage rides and cocktails by the pool. A bagpipe player signaled for guests to gather at the huge tent near the pool for dinner, remarks, and a live auction. The equestrian-themed event décor was a perfect fit for the Stephenson’s estate in Barrington Hills. In addition to Richard J and Stacie Stephenson, other major benefactors include Elizabeth and James Bramson, Mary B. Galvin, the Rick Hardy Family, The Duchossois Family Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Freddie Smith Pederson, and many more.

An evening with gracious hosts, a delicious dinner, and perfect weather was topped off with fireworks and fond memories to take home until next year’s Gala.

A Message from Kristin Frazier

Being the daughter of two cancer survivors, my passion for helping others was born at a very young age. My desire to help those in need, combined with a degree in art and design, led me to a career in event planning and fundraising 13 years ago. Heading up the JourneyCare Foundation Gala for the past seven years has truly been a labor of love—knowing what a tremendous impact the funds we raise have on the communities we serve. These past seven years the Gala has netted more than $3 million.

I grew up in Barrington. My husband, Adam, and I are raising our son and daughter here. My parents, Nancy and Bob Nemec, still live in our childhood home, and my sister, Julie Lape and her husband, Eric, live in Barrington with their son and soon-to-be-born daughter. This community is home and will always be home, which is why it is so important to me that The Gala, our agency’s largest fundraiser, exceeds expectations every year, helping JourneyCare Foundation ensure that our patients and families receive the exceptional care and support they need and deserve, regardless of ability to pay.

Thanks to everyone that helps make the Galas successful by giving of their time, talents, and treasures … it takes a village!

Lisa Stamos is the publisher of Quintessential Barrington.