Long-time supporters of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Julie Neustadt and her husband Jon recently held a fundraiser in their hometown of Chicago raffling off three signed World Series Cubs jerseys, raising over $7,000. The raffle sold 228 tickets to over 60 Cubs fans eager to win a piece of baseball history.
“We struck while the iron was hot with this opportunity. It was more successful than we hoped for,” said Julie. “It was a fun way to get more people involved and build awareness too.”
After sustaining a spinal cord injury due to a swimming accident in 2003, Julie became a fierce advocate of the Reeve Foundation’s mission--Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure. Over the years, she and Jon have become one of the main driving forces in the Chicago area by supporting numerous fundraising events, including A Magical Evening Chicago, all to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation.
“The reason for my support is to move research forward. I like the Foundation’s collaborative research model. I follow The Big Idea project and I hope one day to benefit from the findings,” said Julie. “Working with the dedicated and passionate people at the Reeve Foundation is wonderful. It is a small but mighty force that gets a lot done.”
“Jon and Julie have been such strong members of our Chicago committee over the years, and outstanding supporters of the NextSteps NRN facility. It was a great and unique thing that they did with the raffle and was so typically cool of them,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “We are lucky to have people like them as supporters, as we can always count on them.”