CURE Benefit

CURE 2019 Annual Chicago Benefit

Monday, November 18, 2019
AON Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, East Grand Avenue, Chicago

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.

View photo gallery (password: CURE2019).

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 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

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

Stacey Pigott
Board Chair

Ann Benschoter
Immediate Past Chair

Kelly Cervantes

Kathy McKenna

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



Michael Platt

Amy Spizzo

Amy and Nils Lofgren

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen

Misericordia Heartzingers Choir


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


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


Thank You To The Benefit Patrons!

  • Presenting Patrons

  • Patrons of Discovery

  • Patrons of Innovation

  • Patrons of Research

  • Patrons of Hope


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