CURE 2019 Annual Chicago Benefit

Thank you to the CURE community of families, researchers, donors, and sponsors who came out to Navy Pier and raised an incredible $2 million and counting for innovative research for a cure! We are honored to be surrounded by such dedicated, caring, and unrelenting people who remain hopeful that we will create a world without epilepsy.

If you weren’t able to join us, but would like to support CURE’s mission to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research, you can donate now. Your support creates amazing progress in epilepsy research and will continue to drive science forward until our mission to find a cure for epilepsy is accomplished.

Stay tuned! Photo gallery coming soon.

Thank you to our wonderful performers for inspiring us.

Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Member of the E Street Band and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Miguel Cervantes

Miguel Cervantes is a stage and screen actor currently performing as Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production of Hamilton.

Musicality

Musicality is a Chicago-based youth vocal group, known for gripping sounds and thrilling performances.

Thank you to our speakers for sharing stories of loss and hope.

Kelly and Miguel Cervantes at the 2019 CURE Annual Benefit

Kelly and Miguel Cervantes

Michael Platt and David Axelrod

Michael Platt and David Axelrod

Stacey Pigott, CURE Board Chair

Libby and Victor Boyce

Susan Axelrod, CURE Founder

Thank you to our Vice Chairs, Host Committee Members, and Board Members for supporting this incredible evening.

Vice Chairs

Mike Axelrod
GPG Strategies

Debra A. Cafaro
Ventas, Inc.

Ken Griffin
Citadel

Randy Mehrberg
Jenner & Block

Sharon O’Keefe
The University of Chicago Medicine

Dianne Raso
Ann G. and James B. Ritchey Foundation

Michael J. Sacks
GCM Grosvenor

Host Committee

Liz and Mike Axelrod

Susan and David Axelrod

Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt

Debra A. Cafaro and Terrance K. Livingston

Wendy Coleman and Jim Terman

Lisa and Michael Cotton

Shery and David Cotton

Karen and Larry Grisolano

Rick Jasculca

Carol Jones and Tom Hynes

Bernadette Keller and William M. Daley

Sharon O’Keefe and Hal Moore

Linda and Richard Price

Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert

Cari and Michael J. Sacks

Michele Schara and Randy Mehrberg

Marla and Eric Sedler

Margaret and Joe Tilson

CURE Board of Directors

Susan Axelrod
Founder

Stacey Pigott
Board Chair

Ann Benschoter
Immediate Past Chair

Kelly Cervantes
Secretary

Kathy McKenna
Treasurer

Mike Axelrod

Lisa Cotton

Blake Cunneen

Marilynn Kelly Gardner

Celia Pohani Huber

Beth Lewin Dean
Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors and volunteers for giving their time and resources to ensure the success of this year’s Annual Chicago Benefit.

In-Kind Sponsors

AKPD Media

Libby and Victor Boyce

Kelly and Miguel Cervantes

Earhole Studios

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company

Fleur De Lis

Friedman Family Foundation

Friedman Properties

Jasculca Terman and Associates, Inc

Kivvit

Musicality

Michael Platt

Amy Spizzo

Amy and Nils Lofgren

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen

Misericordia Heartzingers Choir

Salesforce

Sidley Austin LLP

Terlato Wines

Walter Payton College Prep Jazz Orchestra

David Yurman

 

Alla Alperovich

Drew Anderson

Mason Banwell

Alyssa Bazzanella

Leon Blair

Daniel Broderick

Jenny Burke

Anthony Capitani

Collin Coelet

Ainslee Dean

Amanda DeKruiff

Bill Delaney

Mary Ellen Delaney

Gabrielle Dougherty

Julie Felipez

Hannah Felipez

Madeline Felipez

Geoffrey Fishwick

Shirley Fishwick

Alexis Flores

Stephanie Greco

Sarah Hastreiter

Volunteers

James Griffith

Ashleigh Henrichs

Kay Henrichs

Daniel Karas

Rosemary Lamont

Linda Lepp

Jeffrey Liguori

Scott Maracek

Amanda Marrazzo

Anthony Marrazzo

Shaina Mayzler

Ronnie McCarron

Jan McCarron

John McCarron

Nicole McLean

Fran Mehalic

Morgan Mehalic

Giorgi Mombach

Ken Moore

Kate Mullen

Anthony O’Boyle

Nancy O’Neill

 

Don O’Neill

Josh Peters

Brittany Pham

Nicholas Quarino

Maureen Rizzi

Harper Robinson

Matt Sackley

Sandy Saltiel

Nadia Sarnecki

Maddie Schaafsma

Stephen Scheffler

Kaiser Shah

Jeanne Simonetta

Jamie Smith

Linda Smith

Jacob Stanley

Stephen Todd

Scott Tsai

Robb Valentyn

Jenny Whitlock

William Wirtz

 

Broadway Sings for CURE

To the Broadway Sings for CURE sponsors, performers, hosts, and guests, you have our deepest thanks for coming out to support epilepsy research and our fight to find a cure. 

Event Image Gallery

Event Details

Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM
Program: 7:30 PM

Join us for Broadway Sings for CURE, an evening of dazzling performances by Broadway stars. This event will be hosted by Miguel Cervantes, star of Chicago’s HAMILTON. Miguel understands all too well how devastating epilepsy can be, as his daughter, Adelaide, was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called infantile spasms at 7 months old. She continues to battle this condition every day.

An incredible line-up of Broadway stars will perform live, putting epilepsy center stage to raise funds for critically needed research. Broadway Sings for CURE features:

Joshua Henry
Carousel; Shuffle Along; Violet; Porgy and Bess; American Idiot; The Scottsboro Boys; In The Heights

Tamika Lawrence
Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Come From Away; Beautiful; If/Then; Matilda The Musical; The Book of Mormon

Lisa O’Hare
New Amsterdam (Television); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Ryann Redmond
Frozen; Escape To Margaritaville; If/Then; Bring It On: The Musical

James Snyder
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two; If/Then; Cry-Baby

Ben Thompson
Waitress; Matilda The Musical; Holler If Ya Hear Me; American Idiot

Gregory Treco
Hamilton; Taboo

Tickets to this exclusive showcase are extremely limited, so don’t throw away your shot. Secure tickets or sponsorships now. If you have any questions, please reach out to Meghan Jorgensen at Events@CUREepilepsy.org.

2018 Boston Benefit for the Cure

Epilepsy can be a debilitating disease, affecting more than 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 Americans will develop the disease in their lifetime. Funding scientists worldwide to collaborate and innovate in pursuit of a cure is our mission.

The Boston CURE community reunited on April 3 for a powerful and inspiring Boston Benefit for the CURE in support of epilepsy research. The Benefit was hosted by Anne Finucane and Mike Barnicle, and Susan and David Axelrod. Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh participated in the evening events.

Thanks to all of our Benefit hosts, dinner chairs, generous sponsors, volunteers, donors and guests, nearly $1.1 million was raised to support CURE’s research grants program, new scientific opportunities and future breakthroughs.

Dinner Chairs:
Jack and Eileen Connors
Karen and Ken Kaplan
Brian Moynihan and Sue Berry

 

CURE's 20th Annual Chicago Benefit

CURE’s 20th Annual Chicago Benefit

CURE's 20th Annual Chicago Benefit

Thank you to the CURE community of families, researchers, donors, and sponsors who came out to Navy Pier and raised a record-breaking $2.3 million for our mission! We are honored that such a remarkable and dedicated community came together to spread hope and raise critically-needed funding.

This video, played during the Benefit, highlights why research funding remains vital 20 years after CURE’s founding, and why we should continue to be Stubborn as Hell.

The Benefit featured memorable musical performances by Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famers Eddie Vedder and Nils Lofgren and the star of Chicago’s production of HAMILTON, Miguel Cervantes. In addition, an auction of autographed items and concert experiences provided by Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famers, country music legends, and musical theater stars helped highlight the theme of music and hope.

If you weren’t able to join us, but would like to support CURE’s mission to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research, you can donate now.

Check out the photos from this magical evening.

CURE's 20th Annual Chicago Benefit

Benefit Chairs

Susan and David Axelrod

Vice Chairs

Mike Axelrod, GPG Strategies

Debra A. Cafaro, Ventas, Inc.

Ken Griffin, Citadel

Randy Mehrberg, Jenner & Block

Richard Price, Mesirow Financial

Dianne Raso, Ann G. and James B. Ritchey Foundation

Hari Ravichandran, Ravichandran Foundation

Michael J. Sacks, GCM Grosvenor

Host Committee

Liz and Mike Axelrod
Ann and Doug Benschoter
Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt
Debra A. Cafaro and Terrance K. Livingston
Wendy Coleman and James Terman
Shalee and Blake Cunneen
Karen and Larry Grisolano
Rick Jasculca
Carol Jones and Tom Hynes

Bernadette Keller and William M. Daley
Debbie and Cory Lipoff
Sharon O’Keefe and Hal Moore
Linda and Richard Price
Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert
Cari and Michael J. Sacks
Michele Schara and Randy Mehrberg
Marla and Eric Sedler
Margaret and Joe Tilson

Volunteers

Catherine Beer
Leon Blair
Monica Brown
Dan Casciato
Georgia Casciato
Meghan Dillow
Lenny Feingold
Pam Feingold
Matthew Filstead
Geoffrey Fishwick
Shirley Fishwick
Betsy Grimm
Vinnie Gupta

Ashleigh Henrichs
Kay Henrichs
Jesse Keig
Jeff Liguori
Vince Loconti
Susan Ly
Abby Marrazzo
Amanda Marrazzo
Dan Marrazzo
Emily Marrazzo
Tony Marrazzo
Ronnie McCarron
Nancy O’Neill

Caroline Pratt
Mary Pratt
Maureen Rizzi
Harper Robinson
Jenna Rummelhart
Sandy Saltiel
Linda Smith
Linda Sudlesky
Violet Szczebak
Steve Trombetta
Scott Tsai
Jenny Whitlock

With special thanks to our volunteers from Mesirow Financial

Sumit Desai
Andrew Hitt
Jason Macek
Kristi Macek

Maulik Patel
Michael Sefton
Ketan Shah

 Silent Auction Winners

Gerald Beeson, “Springsteen on Broadway” Experience and Guitar Signed By Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Richard Jascula, Trace Adkins Signed Guitar
Michael Nelson, Toby Keith Signed Guitar and Concert Tickets
Allen Fisher, Keith Richards Signed Guitar
Karen Dixon, James Taylor Signed Guitar
Lisa Cotton, Eddie Vedder Signed Guitar
Thad Wong, Eddie Vedder Signed Guitar
Ajay Shah, Paul Simon Guitar with Personal Message
Richard Jasculca, Cheap Trick Signed Drum Head
Laura Wise, Eric Church Signed Guitar and Concert Tickets
Greg Ahern, 3 Doors Down Signed Guitar
Sherry Cotton, HAMILTON in Chicago VIP Experience

In-Kind Sponsors

3 Doors Down
Karen Lynn Accattato and Associates
Trace Adkins
AKPD Message & Media
The Allerton Hotel
Mike Axelrod
Kelly and Miguel Cervantes
Cheap Trick
Eric Church
David Yurman
Earhole Studios
The Eli’s Cheesecake Company and Maureen and Marc Schulman
Fleur De Lis
Suzanne and Albert Friedman
Friedman Family Foundation
John Gabrysiak

Toby Keith
Kivvit
Cory Lipoff
Amy and Nils Lofgren
Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen
Misericorida Heartzingers Choir
Odd Machine
Keith Richards
Second City Sound
Sidley
Paul Simon
Jasculca Terman and Associates, Inc.
James Taylor
Eddie Vedder
Terlato Wines
Walter Payton College Prep Jazz Orchestra
Wansas Tequila