Children’s Research Fund Junior Board Presents The 2017 Perillo BMW Spring Fashion Show

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 the division of Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Dr. Lee is investigating the role of the gene DYRK1A in leukemia. Clinical trials show that 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 the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Purchase your ticket

Our pre-event tickets have sold out! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online through April 20, 2017 and we will have additional raffle packages at the show.

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Ride & Drive 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Perillo BMW
1035 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Ticket includes entry into our official after party at Rockit!
*Wristband with express entry and one drink ticket.

Be sure to sign up for a 15 minute ride and drive with Perillo BMW taking place before the fashion show. Slots will fill quickly, so book yours early. All riders will receive a $500 voucher toward the purchase of any new BMW vehicle. And, if you purchase a BMW, Perillo has kindly offered to donate $500 to the CRFJB! Please e-mail Sinny Dowling at to reserve your spot.

We are thrilled to share this year’s raffle prize offerings!

Raffle Prize #1: BMW Race Track Driving School:Win a trip to Thermal, CA for a one day race track driving school experience at the BMW facilities. Prize includes airfare and driving school only.

Raffle Prize #2: Win a BMW for a weekend! Friday evening to Monday morning, this raffle winner will have a BMW loaner car! Winner must be 21 years of age or older, must have valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance, and excludes BMW 6,7, and i8 series.

Unable to join us? You can still purchase raffle tickets!! Winner will be announced and contacted after the show. Purchase tickets HERE. *Winner need not be present to win.

All ticket proceeds support pediatric medical research being conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Note: Tickets purchased at the door will be $75 — only single tickets will be sold.

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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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The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board needs your help in order to continue to play a vital role in improving the health and lives of children. Philanthropic gifts from donors like you are important to enabling the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute one of the country’s leading pediatric research centers.

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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
Chicago, IL 60611-2605
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