Pride Foundation Marks 10 Years at Gala

Source: Lake Zurich Courier 

February 2, 2010 (Chicago, IL) - A decade ago one family's personal tragedy became the impetus for a new foundation dedicated to pediatric cancer research: The Jeffrey Pride Foundation. Since then, 25 volunteers have joined forces to put on eight golf outings and three dinner dances, and raise almost $900,000 for research. These funds allowed 261 children "who thought their battle was lost, to participate in clinical trials of new drugs around the world," said Foundation Secretary Jan Fijal. As a result, two new drugs became so successful that they are now part of treatment protocols, and two additional drugs show great promise! 

The Fourth "Warm Winter's Night" Dinner Dance to benefit the Jeffrey Pride Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research will be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on March 6. This year's focus is to celebrate the foundation's 10th year, "which is significant because most small community-based or family foundations make it only three years on average," according to Jan. 

The foundation also hopes to raise $100,000, toward its goal of donating $1 million dollars to CureSearch, "the leading pediatric cancer researchers in the world." The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction, live auction, raffle, and dancing to the live music of High Society. A wide variety of unique silent and live auction items will be offered, including vacations, a puppy, tickets for sporting events, a wine tasting with a master sommelier, and a few other surprises. 

Of course all of these efforts would not be possible without a lot of hard work. The foundation's board members are all Lakeview neighbors: President Karen Powell, Vicepresident Phil Fijal, Treasurer Jim Powell, Secretary Jan Fijal, and Dr. Jim and Ann Pride. The Foundation is named for the Pride's son, Jeffrey, who lost his battle with leukemia 10 years ago at the age of seven. Volunteers for this event include: Lisa Reiff, Deb Jourdan, Cindy Tinkoff, Patti Dulla, Kathy Crissie, Martina Swarbrick, Julie Koelzer, Jan Ackmann, Deb Taylor, Nancy Linden (all of Lakeview), Sue Swail (Chateaux Bourne), and Susan Manenti (of North Barrington). "It's hard to believe that we are celebrating our 10th year as a foundation," remarked Jan. 

"Our enthusiasm and dedication for finding a cure for pediatric cancers has not diminished at all. We are thrilled that two drugs, whose clinical trials we funded, were so successful that they are now part of treatment protocols, and two others are showing much promise. Without the support of everyone in our community and surrounding communities this progress would not have been possible, and for that we are eternally grateful." She added, "No foundation can do it alone, and we are so grateful to each and every one of our volunteers and supporters who have helped us over the years. We hope to see many of them at this year's dinner dance." 

Tickets are $150 a person. For further information please contact Jan (847) 382-6261 or pj 


- Kim Albrecht 

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