Our 1st $1 Million Night!
I’ll be posting more information soon about our fabulous Chicago Benefit that happened this past Friday night. But, I wanted to at least share some highlights and some pictures! AND, the great news that we raised over $1 million–the first CURE Benefit to do so!
One of the most inspiring moments of the night came when our CURE Award of Excellence honorees, sixth graders Charlie Mavon, Hugh O’Donnell, and Jeffrey Vitek spoke about the swim-a-thon (or “Hugh-a-thon” as they named it) that they organized to honor Hugh, who has epilepsy. There were very few dry eyes in the house as we listened to their moving remarks. (You can read all about their story here.) Charlie, Hugh, and Jeffrey’s speeches–which earned a standing ovation!– lead right into our paddle raise. Because of their inspirational story, we raised over $200,000 right then and there!
We have an amazing week of science ahead. In the next couple of days, I’ll fill you in about our upcoming meeting to choose the next round of research grants! Stay tuned.