WASHINGTON--Vice President Biden hits Chicago on Tuesday to keynote a big fundraiser for CURE--Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy--founded by David and Susan Axelrod and for a funder to help bankroll the 2012 Obama/Biden ticket.
Before the CURE event at the Navy Pier ballroom at 4:30 p.m. Biden is the draw at a small, minimum $5,000-per-person fund-raiser also at Navy Pier--at the Riva Crab House. For $10,000 the donor gets a photo and an invite to a pre-reception reception.
Last April, President Obama kicked off his 2012 fund-raising drive in the same Navy Pier ballroom.
below, from CURE....
Vice President Biden to Join Susan Axelrod at CURE Annual Event to Support Epilepsy Research
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) will hold their annual Chicago Event at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom on Tuesday June 21, 2011. Hundreds of guests are expected to join CURE founder and Chair Susan Axelrod and David Axelrod to urge support for cutting-edge epilepsy research and to envision a future without epilepsy.
Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at the event.
"We are thrilled and honored to welcome Vice President Biden," said Susan Axelrod. "His dedication to increasing medical research, as well as his efforts to raise awareness of this devastating disease is astounding. We are incredibly grateful for all his work in this field."
The 2011 CURE Chicago Event will also feature Peter Sagal, Host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," and appearances by special guests Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
CURE is dedicated to raising public awareness about epilepsy and the fact that so many patients are severely impacted by the disease. Without a strong voice, epilepsy research will continue to lag behind that of other diseases. Through the Annual Events in Chicago, and the recent growth of fundraising efforts around the country, CURE is spreading the word that the only solution is an increased focus on epilepsy research.
Prominent keynote speakers of previous Chicago events have included First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (1999 and 2003), President Bill Clinton (2001), Senator Barack Obama (2005), the late Tim Russert - long-time host of Meet the Press (2007), political consultant David Axelrod (2008), former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw (2009), and former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric (2010).
This year's event is supported by generous donations from key sponsors including:
Allied Telesis | Allscripts | Aon | Grosvenor Capital Management | Judy & Scott Leisher | Daina Lyons & Forrest Claypool | UCB | AKPD/ASGK | Heidi & Craig Albert | Susan & David Axelrod | Patrice & Bill Brandt | Cafaro Livingston Family Trust | Capri Capital Partners, LLC | The Crown Family | Richard J. Dennis | Anna Giannoulias | Anne & Howard Gottlieb Family Foundation | Larry Grisolano | Celia Huber | Carol Jones & Tom Hynes | Kirkland and Ellis Foundation | Toby & Greg Lewis | Lundbeck, Inc. | Mesirow Financial | Sharon O'Keefe & Hal Moore | Donovan Pepper | Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants and Events | Susan & Joe Power | The Strategy Group | The University of Chicago | Walsh Construction
CURE is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of seizures and the side effects of medications. CURE is dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy by raising funds for research and by increasing awareness of the prevalence and devastation of this disease. CURE is the proud recipient of Charity Navigator's highest rating. Over 92 cents of every dollar CURE receives goes directly to epilepsy research and awareness programs.
Visit CURE's website for facts about epilepsy, personal stories, and information about research funding and special events.
Epilepsy affects more than 3 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide--more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson's disease combined. It is as common as breast cancer, and takes more lives. Epilepsy can develop at any age, and can be a result of genetics, stroke, head, injury, and many other factors. However, in two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown. In more than 40 percent of patients, seizures are not controlled even with the best medical treatments. Tens of thousands of Americans die annually of this disease.