Ann Lurie isn't very good at being merely a name etched in granite.
Take the coming fundraising gala to celebrate the completion of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, a 1.25 million-square-foot facility in Streeterville with an $855 million price tag, to which she contributed $100 million.
Not only will Lurie and her late husband's name be visible on the 23-story building, her fingerprints will be on just about everything else.
Lurie brought in a party planner for the gala April 20, her birthday. She helped sell $5 million worth of tables ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. She secured Bombardier Inc.,...