Spring Event History

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, over 200 young professionals from the Chicago area attended our 2nd Annual Fashion Show: Walking the Runway for Pediatric Research. This year’s event was held at Perillo BMW benefitting the research of Dr. Katherine Barsness, and the children of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Board members, models from One Magnificent Model, and our researcher, Dr. Kathy, strutted their stuff in apparel from the luxurious shops at 900 North Michigan Avenue. Beautiful BMW’s were on display and several were available for attendees to test drive. Refreshing cocktails were provided by Rebar and delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Quartino and Florentine. Thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors, our event raised over $13,000 dollars toward pediatric medical research.

If you are planning to purchase a car from Perillo BMW this year, make sure to present your Golden Ticket! For each sale, Perillo will make a donation to the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board.

Post event coverage and photos featured in Chicago Sun-Times: Splash

Spring Event Photo

On May 14, 2014, Children’s Research Fund Junior Board hosted the fashion show of the summer! With three hours of open bar plus appetizers, more than 200 guests enjoyed themselves at The Grid Chicago as a fashion show featuring many local designers took place. This event raised over $9,000 for Children’s Research Fund Junior Board. Please visit our Facebook page for news, upcoming events, and to view the photos from the fashion show at The Grid.

Thank you to all who joined us at the event! With your support, we continue to fund the important surgical simulation training program of Dr. Kathy Barsness. We could not have put together our fashion show without the generosity of the following fashion show contributors…

Bonobos bonobos.com

Borris Powell borrispowell.com

Calypso calypsostbarth.com

Club Monaco clubmonaco.com

Mint Julep facebook.com/MintJulepBoutique

Valentina facebook.com/ShopValentina

…and industry professionals

Gordon Salon Lakeview

Salon Soca

Kathryn Hastings Photography

Pink Hippo Productions

Thank you for making a difference!

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All of the net proceeds for this event benefit pediatric medical research initiatives being conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center.


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Annual Giving to the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board is critical to our ability to continue to fund innovative pediatric medical research that will benefit countless children. It is also critical in enabling Lurie Children’s to remain competitive in securing external funding necessary to become one of the country’s leading pediatric research centers. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized at our signature event, Cocktails for a Cause.

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Lauren Joseph  •  Dan Martino

Executive Committee:
Brittany Abrams  •  Matt Allard
John Dana  •  Brian Duffy
Kelsey Garvin  •  Tonya Geesman
Amy Gerstein
Brittany Hartwig  •  Jackie Hartz
Kelly Kapshandy  •  Nikki Keidan
Katie Lyons   •  Melli Prousis

Children’s Research Fund Liaison:
Tammy Whelan

Legal Counsel:
David P. McHugh  •  Schiff Hardin LLP

Children’s Research Fund Junior Board:
c/o Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation
225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 4
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