GI Research Foundation

Diamond Anniversary Ball

Thank You for Celebrating 60 Brilliant Years!

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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


Beatrice G. Crain

Joseph B. Kirsner Award

Nancy and Sy Taxman

Partners in Science Award


Oz Pearlman

Emmy-award winning mentalist

Maggie Speaks

Internationally renowned band


With Gratitude to our Angel Sponsors

Diamond Angels 

Nancy and Sy Taxman/The Taxman Family Foundation 

Platinum Angels 

Gold Angels 

Silver Angels 

Lori and John Power

& Deborah and Michael Cogan


Bronze Angels 

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

GCM Grosvenor 

Carol and Peter Goldman 

Kathryn and Thomas Shafer / Kurt Karmin Family Foundation 


Arena Pharmaceuticals

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