GI Research

Foundation Diamond Anniversary Ball

Celebrating 60 Brilliant Years

Saturday, May 1, 2021
6:00 PM CT
Virtual Event

The storied Annual Ball is the GI Research Foundation’s premier fundraising event.

Every year, hundreds of donors, volunteers, grateful patients, and medical professionals come together to raise money for groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center.

The GI Research Foundation transformed the 59th Annual Ball into its first ever virtual fundraiser. Despite the challenge of the global COVID-19 pandemic and a new platform, the 2020 virtual ball exceeded expectations, making it the most successful GIRF Ball ever. More than 1,000 households participated in the live webcast, which raised more than $1.3 million.


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


The 60th Anniversary Ball Program Book

The Diamond Anniversary Ball Program Book features spotlights on our honorees, an overivew of tonight’s program, a message from our Ball Committee, and Shout Outs and content from our Angels and supporters. Thank you to generous sponsors and supporters who have the Diamond Anniversary Ball and Program Book a brilliant success.

Donate in Celebration of 60 Years

Your gift will support groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center.

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