Make Waves Benefit 2007
On September 27, 2007, the Brain Research Foundation held its much-anticipated fund-raising gala. The event took place on a privately chartered Odyssey Cruise with the Chicago skyline serving as a beautiful backdrop. The theme, Make Waves, spoke to the Brain Research Foundation’s mission of creating change and advancing neuroscience research.
Co-chairs Pat Koldyke and Tom Reynolds organized a fabulous evening that raised money for a wonderful cause: the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Mental Retardation Research Center (Kennedy Center) at the University of Chicago. The Kennedy Center is one of the largest research centers in the United States committed to advancing the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of developmental disabilities, including autism, epilepsy, and neurodegenerative diseases.
The evening was picture-perfect—unseasonably warm and wonderful. During cocktail hour, guests participated in a raffle and silent auction. The silent auction had fantastic items, including an iPhone, a Marc Jacobs handbag, and a Raymond Weil watch. We were happy to award the 1st place raffle prize of $10,000 to Jeanne Borchardt.
The fun continued as the Mistress of Ceremonies, NBC5’s Natalie Martinez, charmed the audience and kept the evening moving. After dinner, we were privileged to experience a fiery performance by Grammy award winner and Chicago legend Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine. She certainly proved she is still the undisputed “Queen of the Blues.”