Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Update from Dr. Mary Hendrix

crfmanI would like to take this opportunity to share an update of research activities at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute in support of the mission of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. I also wish to especially thank our research investigators and staff for their hard work and collective accomplishments. Simultaneously, I would like to express sincere gratitude to our extraordinary donors who provide quintessential, foundational support for research that gives us a competitive advantage for securing extramural support and translating scientific breakthroughs to advance pediatric healthcare. Some noteworthy highlights for your consideration follow with our appreciation. Continue reading

New Board Members Gather For Night of Fun

Tammy Whelan, Roxanne Martino, Lesli Falk, Dave McHugh, Grace Sergio-Banks, Lori Gersten

Tammy Whelan, Roxanne Martino, Lesli Falk, Dave McHugh, Grace Sergio-Banks, Lori Gersten

New Children’s Research Fund Board members gathered in Bucktown for a summer get together in July.  New board members, including Ball Chair, Roxanne Martino, enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  They discussed the upcoming events and this years Ball.  Lori Gersten, new member chairperson welcomed everyone and was able to answer any questions new members might have had about being on the board.  It was great to socialize and visit on this hot summer night.

You Can Play a Vital Role in Improving the Health & Lives of Children – Please Give Today!

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For many children like Payton, their childhoods have been changed forever by potentially deadly food allergies. We need your help in order to continue to play a vital role in improving the health and lives of children. Please give today!  Click here to make a donation.

2014 Children’s Ball Sponsorship Opportunities and Event Overview

corp2014homeWhy Sponsor? Supporting the community can significantly impact a company’s bottom line. According to recent studies, 93% of consumers are likely to switch to a brand associated with a good cause, and 76% have done so in the past 12 months.*

The Children’s Ball • Saturday, December 6, 2014  The Children’s Ball has been a highlight of the Chicago social scene and a beacon of support in the Chicago community for decades. This evening of excitement and elegance celebrates the culmination of the annual fundraising campaign of the Children’s Research Fund.

This year’s ball will be held on December 6, 2014 at the Hilton Chicago. The theme, “BIG DREAMS, BRIGHT FUTURES” will support the hopes and aspirations of researchers, doctors and patient families of Lurie Children’s.  

For More information and to read more about Sponsorship Opportunities, please click here.

Chicago Comes Together with New Regatta to Benefit Children’s Research Fund

The Pinnacle Foundation announced that it has organized a new regatta to benefit the Children’s Research Fund. The Chicago Regatta will include an epic sailboat race, a cruising rally, and a rocking party that promises to be among the best ever on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the city’s new, award winning 31st Street Harbor.

Chicago boasts the largest municipal marina system in the US with slips for more than 5,000 vessels. The Chicago Park District and Westrec, its marina management firm, have volunteered 100 slips for the regatta, showing strong support for the event. Learn more about the Chicago Regatta at or click here.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Official Jewelry Sponsor To Children’s Research Fund, Hosts An Elegant Evening In Honor of our New Board Members

The Children’s Research Fund and its official jewelry sponsor, Van Cleef & Arpels, hosted an elegant cocktail reception in honor of our new board members to recognize them and engage them in our meaningful philanthropic mission to fund critical medical research.

796A0051_ppThis is the fourth year in which Van Cleef & Arpels has generously partnered with Children’s Research Fund in support of its mission. The event took place on the evening of Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Van Cleef & Arpels store at 933 North Michigan Avenue.

The evening featured fellow board members connecting over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the exquisite jewels on display at Van Cleef & Arpels. Special guest and speaker, Dr. Mary Hendrix, President & Scientific Director of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, spoke about the mission and contributions of the Children’s Research Fund.

See all of the photographs from the event on our Facebook Page here.

2014 Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run – Thanks for Participating

runwebThank you to all of our donors, supporters, runners and walkers in this year’s Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run! It was so fun to see everyone at Soldier Field yesterday having a great time, enjoying the sunshine and most importantly, supporting the kids. Your involvement and donation truly make a difference! Even though the race is over, we will continue to accept donations here on behalf of a runner/walker.   View/Share/Like photographs from the event her on on Facebook Page!