Each year the Children’s Research Fund (CRF) reaches out to recognized leaders in the business and philanthropic community to work with the CRF in leading our annual fundraising campaign and Children’s Ball. Since 1951, these efforts have raised more than $120 million to support innovative medical research.

This year Joyce Yaung & Matt Bayer and Yael & Howard Scott Silverman have joined our board to serve as Campaign and Children’s Ball co-chairs. Please take a moment to learn more about these dedicated individuals.

  • Yael & Scott Silverman

  • Matt Bayer & Joyce Yaung

Yael and Scott Silverman

Lifelong Chicagoans, Yael and Scott were born at Michael Reese Hospital, met when they were thirteen years old and graduated from Francis W. Parker and the Latin School respectively. They have two children and recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary.

Yael received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and had a career in sales and marketing prior to establishing a family. In addition to serving as a full-time mother, she is a philanthropist with active interests in the health and welfare of children, families and animals. Yael serves on the Board of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

H. Scott Silverman is CEO of Agman, an entrepreneurial investment firm he founded in 2005. Scott is a founder, owner and / or Director of numerous businesses, including the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa, Ampler, Aparium, Brook Furniture Rental, Metonic Real Estate Solutions, Omaha National Insurance and Virtus Insurance. Scott received a doctorate in Clinical Molecular Genetics from the University of Oxford as a Keasbey Memorial Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Stanley Manne Research Institute and as a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung

Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung, both alumni from the University of Michigan, did not meet until many years after they had graduated and were living in Chicago. By that time Joyce was working at an educational foundation and Matt had grown his childhood interest in baseball cards into a company that was North America’s largest distributor of trading cards.

Today, MJ Holding remains the largest North American distributor of trading cards (Topps, Upperdeck, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic the Gathering), toys and collectibles. The company has since diversified and grown into manufacturing and distributing collectibles, toys, and hot trend items such as slime and squishies. The company provides retail supply chain category management to over 8,000 retail locations and is in over 25,000 points of distributions in North America.

Together, Matt and Joyce live in the Gold Coast where they live with their preschooler, twin toddlers and rescue dog who is cuter than he is nice. They share a deep love for friends and family, a mutual interest in wine, art, sports, their alma mater, and in supporting cultural, social and civic causes in a spirit of compassion and inclusiveness.