GI Research Foundation
Diamond Anniversary Ball
Thank You for Celebrating 60 Brilliant Years!
The storied Annual Ball is the GI Research Foundation’s premier fundraising event.
On Saturday, May 1, 2021, the GI Research Foundation Diamond Anniversary Ball celebrated 60 brilliant years with a high energy tribute to GIRF’s best and brightest. In a virtual event like no other, the Foundation raised more than $1.3 million for research at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center.
The GI Research Foundation honored grande dame Beatrice “Bee” G. Crain of the Crain-Maling Foundation with the inaugural Joseph B. Kirsner Award for her lifelong commitment to GIRF and presented the first-ever Partners in Science Award to longtime GIRF champions Sy and Nancy Taxman.
With Gratitude to our Angel Sponsors
Nancy and Sy Taxman/The Taxman Family Foundation
Lori and John Power
& Deborah and Michael Cogan
Abra and Murray Alscher
Bristol Myers Squibb
Yekaterina Chudnovsky and Family
Dr. and Mrs. Russell Cohen
Sandy, Steve, and Lily Davidson
Lora Millman and Howard Grill
Rebecca and Mark de Souza
The Schmitz Family Charitable Fund
Carol and Peter Goldman
Kathryn and Thomas Shafer / Kurt Karmin Family Foundation
Bartlett Wealth Management / Robert Dearborn
Belmont Bank & Trust
Laura and Eric Berlin
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Dr. Biana Lanson and Mr. Benjamin Lanson
New Vernon Wealth Management
Jennifer & Ben Riback
Emily and Aaron Rosdal
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sunset Partners Capital Management LLC / Bob Hamer and Jeff Kutchin
Mark and Delaine Waldeck