Will the GI Research Foundation have safety measures in place?
The GI Research Foundation will meet all event-related requirements of the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health. As of May 2022, the City of Chicago is at high risk for Covid-19.

  • The Geraghty is 25,000 sq. ft. with 22’ ceilings. The Ball is limiting attendance to less than 50 percent capacity (<500 guests) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The CDPH is “strongly recommending” people wear masks when indoors.
  • Masks will be provided for those who request them on site and all event staff will wear masks.
  • GIRF will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the event space.

Are there any requirements to attend the Champions for a Cure Ball?
The GI Research Foundation’s medical advisors and ball committee recommend and request that all attendees be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to attending the Ball. Furthermore, the medical advisors and ball committee recommend a negative COVID-19 test result the morning of the Ball for any attendees who have had exposures or concerns of an exposure. If you experience any signs or symptoms of illness on the day of the event, we ask that you stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, congestion, headache, shortness of breath, or fever.

Will there be a hybrid option?
The Ball program will be available via livestream. Email info@girf.org to receive a link to view the event.

What if conditions change — could the event be canceled?
The GI Research Foundation’s top priority is the health and safety of guests. If it is determined that it is not safe to participate in an event, it will be canceled. Any cancellation decision will be communicated at least 24 hours prior to the event.

These recommendations have been developed in conjunction with our medical advisors at the University of Chicago Medicine. Please visit www.CDC.gov for additional guidance and information on all topics related to COVID-19.