Reeve Foundation to Host “A Magical Evening Chicago”

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 19, 2015 # Fundraising

A Magical Evening Chicago Gala benefit for the Reeve Foundation The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its inaugural “A Magical Evening Chicago” Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at The Peninsula Chicago hotel. The evening will commemorate advancements in spinal cord research, and highlight the efforts of Chicago supporters to raise funds and awareness for the Reeve Foundation mission.

This year’s event will honor Chicago-based nonprofit leader Geoff Kent with the Jon O’Connor Visionary Leader Award and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. A Magical Evening Chicago will also feature Kathy Brock, co-anchor of ABC 7 News, as the host for the evening.

As the founder of Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, Geoff Kent has raised over $700,000 to fund cutting-edge spinal cord research and translational studies. Based in Chicago, Kent’s nonprofit presence has served to support and advocate for individuals living with paralysis similar to Jon O’Connor, the namesake of the Visionary Leader Award. O’Connor passed in 2013 following complications as a result of his spinal cord injury.

Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl victory in 1985 and went on to be one of the most celebrated football players in Bears history. However, his work off the field to heighten safety in sports has resulted in greater awareness of injuries sustained by professional and collegiate athletes. The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award honors leaders who challenge barriers that restrict equality and advocate for improved quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. Presenting the award to McMahon is legendary Chicago Bears coach and three-time Super Bowl champion, Mike Ditka.

Read the full press release.