Chicago Spring Luncheon

Our Eighth Annual Chicago Spring Luncheon
Benefitting Food Allergy Research & Education
April 5, 2019 | Chicago, IL

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FARE Chicago Spring Luncheon

Since 2017, Chicagoland supporters have donated nearly $18 million to FARE, and this year’s luncheon added more than $300,000 to that total to support our mission of providing life, health and hope to individuals with food allergies. More than an opportunity for local supporters to come together, the Chicago Spring Luncheon plays a vital role in enabling FARE to invest in promising therapies, develop life-changing initiatives and advocate on behalf of the 32 million children and adults with food allergies.  

It was an honor to be able to share the latest in research and treatment during our Research Symposium featuring some of the country’s leading scientists and clinicians in the field of food allergy. Growing recognition of the food allergy epidemic and advances in biomedical research have brought us to a time with great potential for change. We could not be more excited about the opportunities ahead in the lives of food allergic people and families. 

We extend our sincerest thanks to those who contributed to the success of the Chicago Spring Luncheon. 

Research Symposium Panelists

Christina Ciaccio, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Chicago
FARE Clinical Advisory Board

Paul Detjen, MD
Kenilworth Medical
Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago 

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
FARE Medical Advisor, Policy, Education and Public Health

Melanie Makhija, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Cathryn Nagler, PhD
Bunning Food Allergy Professor at The University of Chicago
FARE Research Advisory Board

Moderated by Nurry Hong
FARE Interim Chief of Research Strategy & Innovation

Keynote Speaker

Arian Foster, NFL Pro Bowl Running Back

Mistress of Ceremonies

Micah Materre, anchor of WGN Evening News


Denise Bunning
Eun Lee Criswell
Wende Fox Lawson

Past Co-Chairs

Linda Levinson Friend
Cari Sacks
Karin Teglia

Benefit Committee

Michelle Anixter, Suzanne Austin, Patricia Boyle Wheeler, Robert Criswell, Paul Detjen, MD, Nancy Fendley, Suzanne Friedland, Shayna Fullarton, Allison Gaetano, Krista Hatcher, Susie Hultquist, Michelle Kaplan, Jennifer Keller, Lesly Koo, Jim Lawson, Dara Milner, Gretchen Munaretto, Sai Nimmagadda, MD, Amy O'Keefe, Ellee Pai Hong, Adam Seidler, Deb Silberstein, Laura Summers, Anne Thompson, Sara Trachte, Nancy Wikel


Thank you to the generous supporters of this event.

Feature Sponsors

Harris Family Foundation
     Linda & Bill Friend, Katherine P. Harris, Pam Friend 

Wende Fox Lawson and Jim Lawson

Cari and Michael J. Sacks

Sunshine Charitable Foundation
     Denise and Dave Bunning

Advocacy Champions


Eun Lee Criswell and Bob Criswell

The Malkin Family and Karen Malkin Health Counseling

Naddisy Foundation

Research Supporters

Laura and Frank Baker

Boyle Family Foundation

McNamara Purcell Foundation

The Karin and Dean Teglia Family Foundation

Education Patrons

The Anixter Family

Joe Castle and Dean Carlson

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman

Suzanne and David Friedland
     and Cushman & Wakefield

Krista and Merrick Hatcher

Carol and Edward Kaplan

Michelle and Alan Kaplan

LA-CO Industries, Inc.

Hope Lundt

Mariani Landscape

Jill and Paul Meister

Dara and Ross Milner

Gretchen and Richard Munaretto

Rebecca and Rob Nichols

Laura and Brooke Ricketts

Peggy and David Rogers

Jamie and David Schwartz

The Safe + Fair Food Company

The University of Chicago

Dan and Nancy Wikel