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If you’re looking for a fun evening of philanthropy, fashion, fast cars, fantastic food and festive drinks all-the-while benefiting sick kids, then this is the event for you!

THE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH FUND JUNIOR BOARD PRESENTS 2017 PERILLO BMW SPRING FASHION SHOW

  • Friday, April 21, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • 4pm-6pm Test drive Perillo’s newest vehicles
  • Perillo BMW – 1035 N Clark St., Chicago
  • Tickets – Presale 2 for $100; 1 for $65; $75 @ the door
  • Raffle – $5 per ticket; 5 for $20
  • Prizes – Win a BMW for a weekend; Trip to Thermal, CA BMW Race Track Driving School
  • Purchase tickets at: https:///www.crfjb.org

On April 21, The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board will host one of Chicago’s most anticipated charity events of 2017. Over 300 young professionals will flood the showroom of Perillo BMW to enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and urban fashion to raise funds for childhood leukemia research at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute – the research arm of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

 

The man of the evening is Dr. Paul Lee. A fourth year fellow in Lurie Children’s Division of Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Dr. Lee is investigating the role of the gene DYRK1A in leukemia. Clinical trials show this gene plays a critical role in the development of leukemia. Dr. Lee’s goal is to identify the exact role of the gene and to discover more effective drug therapies for children suffering from this disease.

900 North Michigan Shops will be showcasing their latest looks for spring during the show. Models – and Dr. Lee – will take to the runway to display cutting-edge fashion perfectly suited for young Chicagoans.

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board, an affiliated organization of Lurie Children’s, has been raising funds for medical research in Chicago since the 1950’s. To date, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has raised nearly $2 million for pediatric medical research initiatives conducted at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

About Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute:

Research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is conducted through the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. The Manne Research institute is focused on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine and ensuring healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge. In partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, our scientists work in labs, in clinics, at the patient bedside and in the community to unravel the root causes of pediatric and adolescent disease, to understand childhood injury and to find factors that precipitate health problems in childhood and over a lifetime. Our researchers work every day to develop new therapies and prevention strategies.

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board Mission Statement:

The mission of the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board is to support pediatric medical research being conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Founded in 1992:

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board is an Illinois not-for-profit organization and serves as a junior board to the Children’s Research Fund. The Children’s Research Fund, an auxiliary board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, has been raising funds for medical research in Chicago since the 1950s. Both the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board and the Children’s Research Fund work under the umbrella of the Lurie Children’s Foundation to promote activities and community awareness for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Board Members:

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has 65 members consisting of young professionals in the Chicago metropolitan area, ranging in age from mid-20s to the mid-30s. The Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Fundraising: To date, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has helped Lurie Children’s Foundation raise nearly $2 Million for pediatric medical research initiatives conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Manne Research Institute.

The Hospital:

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is recognized as one of the top ten pediatric hospitals in the country and number one in Illinois by rankings published in U.S. News & World Report. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s 1,100 pediatric specialists focus on more than 70 specialties in 15 locations.

As Illinois’ only freestanding hospital dedicated to children, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago treated over 140,000 children in 2009. Due to ongoing community support for quality medical services, the hospital invested over $96 million for community benefit programs in 2009, enabling families of all economic status to obtain the best medical treatment for their children.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the hospital moved to a new location in the Streeterville area on June 9, 2012 (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).

Events Benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago:

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has hosted many well-attended social and educational events in the Chicago metropolitan area to help raise significant funds for research. Our Annual Spring Event, various special events, and our signature Cocktails for a Cause Event (CFC) attended by over 400 people combined to raise over $115,000 in 2016.

More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/childrensresearchfundjuniorboard/

https://www.facebook.com/childrensresearchfund/

http://foundation.luriechildrens.org/site/PageServer?pagename=crf_home

About Spring Event Co-Chair Tonya Geesman:

Tonya Geesman has been a board member the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board for the past six years. Geesman held various executive board positions including Co-Chair of the board for the last two years, and this year she’s the Spring Event Co-Chair. The Michigan native said she’s had a wonderful time meeting other like-minded charity driven professionals.

“Being a part of this fundraising board has helped me to impact the lives of children in our country through pediatric medical research,” she said. “I have a personal connection to Lurie Children’s Hospital because my son was treated there when he was six weeks old. Luckily, he’s perfectly happy and healthy today. I plan to continue my work in philanthropy indefinitely and to model a life for my son full of purpose and generosity.”

Geesman has lived in Chicago for the past 12 years. Her background is in spokes-modeling/marketing. She is also an entrepreneur and success coach, and her area of expertise is inspiring others to shift their mindset into understanding the power of positive thinking.

“Once someone has the right mindset, they will see that they are capable of living on their own terms,” she explained. “I am enthusiastic, positive and a go-getter who loves a challenge. I take pride in giving back and helping others and believe in greatness through gratitude.”

After 10 years working as a spokes-model for various marketing agencies, the constant travel, long hours, weekend and holiday work was not an effective long term strategy to provide her with the lifestyle that she wanted for herself and her family, so she began her journey as an entrepreneur. Now she gets to enjoy more time with her family while still remaining active with several fundraising boards.

Photo Credits: Tuan B & Co


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