CURE 2019 Annual Chicago Benefit

Save the date for the CURE 2019 Annual Benefit!

For over 20 years, CURE has invested in promising scientists whose careers are taking flight, building the pipeline of researchers critical to a world free of epilepsy and seizures. At the CURE 2019 Annual Chicago Benefit, celebrate these inspiring individuals – past, present, and future – who dare to soar to new heights and boldly innovate to give patients and families the answers they desperately need.

See exciting performances by:

Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member of the E Street Band and Member of 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 is a renowned vocal group located in Chicago synonymous with power vocals, harmonic sounds and thrilling performances.

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.

For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Meghan Jorgensen at

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. 

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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

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


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