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Annual Program Book 2018-2019

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40 Eisenopoly: Playing games to fund cancer research By Candace Jordan I t was all fun and games at the ninth annual Eisenopoly fundraiser hosted by the Associate Board of The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation. Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop was filled Jan. 19 with 600 guests who came out to support the nonprofit's mission to fund gastrointestinal cancer research and advance real estate education. Attendees enjoyed a Monopoly-themed evening filled with food, live music and, of course, games. During the event, partygoers faced off playing Monopoly board games for high-stakes prizes and enjoyed tastings from some of Chicago's top restaurants. Formento's chef Todd Stein served up burrata toast with green olive tapenade and meatballs; Gene & Georgetti dished out Italian sausage with peppers; and Capital Grille Rosemont's executive chef, Carlos Ortiz, had a line waiting for his 18-day-aged sirloin rubbed with Kona coffee and shallot butter served with lobster/crab cakes. Other participating restaurants included Bar Lupo, Aloha Poke Co., Nando's Peri-Peri, Wow Bao, Ronero and more. A popular element of the annual event is the "jail and bail" game in which high-profile attendees are "arrested" and then "freed on bail" by friends with proceeds benefiting the foundation. The evening's "most wanted" guests — Graham Grochocinski, Tyler Buck, Ryan Montes, Hanna Oimoen and Weston Harding — helped raise $6,500 during their "incarcerations" in a life-size jail cell onstage. Katie Wales, Eisenberg Foundation executive director, shared details of the nonprofit's recent $1.5 million gift to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. "This is the largest single gift in our foundation's history. It will fully fund the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET program, an initiative to deliver personalized cancer treatments to patients with very limited options," she said. The nonprofit was founded in 1999 by the family and friends of Harold "Hal" Eisenberg, a leader in the world of real estate, after he passed away from liver cancer. His daughter, Lesley Kiferbaum, said, "The amount of support throughout the years goes beyond anything we could've ever imagined. It is incredibly rewarding to know that people are not only remembering my dad, but working towards a unified goal of making the world a better place." Kiferbaum said her father used Monopoly to teach her and brothers Peter and Scott not only about real estate, but "life in general." Six Eisenberg Scholars were in attendance: Amanda Doster (Indiana University); Logan Walker and Ines Andrade Gruest (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Ashley Pollock (Roosevelt University); Alex Collins (Indiana University); and Justin Hucek (DePaul University). The students were nominated by their professors for a yearlong real estate mentoring program. Each received a $5,000 scholarship. Co-chaired by Julia Klairmont and Michael Mintz, the event raised $200,000 to fund innovative research programs at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, where the foundation funds a GI Cancer Tissue Bank. The ninth annual Eisenopoly event raised over $200,000 to support gastrointestinal cancer research and real estate education. In The News

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