On June 6, 2015, the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Ball took place at the beautiful Raddison Blue Aqua Hotel. The event celebrated fifty-four years of support for the Section of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Hepatology at the University of Chicago Medicine.
As a charity writer, I attend several balls throughout the year and this one was most certainly something special. From the moment you walked in the door, everything was so beautifully decorated and every dish that was served was absolutely delicious. Not to mention, there was a fabulous cookie bar in the back of the room if you wanted an extra sweet treat fix.
While the event won over my eyes and stomach, there was so much more to this evening. I had the opportunity to hear many talented and dedicated individuals share how the organization has changed the lives of many and how all of their hard work and dedication continues to pay off. A discovery of the first gene associated with Crohn’s disease has been made, the discovery of the role of microRNA in colon cancer was also found, the first living donor transplant from a parent to a child was performed, and so many other discoveries and treatments were made possible thanks to the generosity of those involved.
After hearing all of these incredible announcements, the organization had a little something extra in store. Comedian, Jay Leno took the stage to do some of his stand up comedy.
Jay most certainly did not disappoint with his performance for the night and had many audience members laughing the night away.
Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation is a connected community dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families living with digestive diseases. The organization has raised over $50 million dollars since 1963 and still continues to grow.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the ball’s 55th year next year. The event will not disappoint!