|We would like to thank everyone who attended our first event in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at Rockit Bar & Grill to support the new VABC Chicago Chapter! This chapter is based at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and enables VABC to continue its mission nationwide. A mixture of 150 people were in attendance and the group included many current family and friends of VABC, brain cancer survivors and others who have been touched in any way by brain cancer in the Chicago community. Funds raised from this event will support the Young Investigators Program at Northwestern University under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Raizer, Head of Neuro-Oncology.On Saturday, October 27, 2007 VABC sponsored The Great Pumpkin Walk in Central Park in New York City. This walk supported Camp Sunshine, a free Brain Tumor session program in Casco, Maine. A wonderful time was had by all and the walk was a great success, raising considerable funds to support Camp Sunshine. Thanks again to all of those who attended and see you next year!VABC would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our second annual fundraising event, Sounding Off For A Cure, on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. VABC honored Steven S. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD with the 2007 Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award. VABC also presented 2007 Voices Against Brain Cancer Courage Awards to six individuals who have bravely fought against this devastating disease. They were presented by Darren M. Latimer, VABC Board member and brain cancer survivor. The courage award recipients included: Robert Budlow, ReginaEpperhart, Todd Jerles, Robert Silverman and Matthew David Twit.Sounding Off For A Cure featured cuisine provided by Aurora Gourmet, Barna, Cook with Class, Mercadito, La Parma II and Remi. Beverages were provided by Brooklyn Brewery, Tequila Corazon, Dewar’s, Ketel One, Nando and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
Sponsors of the evening included: Adidas, Cantor Fitzgerald, Fimat, the Freibaum Family, GFI Group, Neil Hamburger, the Harry M. and Gertrude Y. Schwartz Foundation for Medical Research, Jeffries, Knight Equity Markets, Lehman Brothers, Leon Schigel, the Lichtenstein Family,Merrill Lynch, New York Wine Co., Paul P. Bernstein Philanthropic Fund, Penguin Menswear, Perry Ellis, Puma, Robert O’Mullan FamilyFoundation, Darren Taube, Trian Partners, Triarc Companies, Triserve and Wells Fargo Foothill.