Better Makers: American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science Raises $700,000 During Annual Gala

On Nov. 2, 2019, the Midwest Region of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) hosted its annual gala at The Geraghty in Chicago. While celebrating 70 years of scientific innovation, the roughly 300 guests in attendance raised more than $700,000 for the Institute’s mission of “science for the benefit of humanity.”

Speakers included Master of Ceremonies Coco Soodek, former ACWIS Midwest Region board chair and current board member; ACWIS CEO Dave Doneson; Dr. Ofer Yizhar, a Weizmann neurobiologist; Event Chairs Janet and Steve Anixter and JoAnn Anixter Silva; and ACWIS National Board Member and Midwest Region Board Chair Marilyn Perlman. The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Renée and Lester Crown and Co-Chairs were the Edward & Lester Anixter Family Foundation, the Brodsky Family, David Jonas, and Richard and Linda Price and Family.

During the event, Soodek shared some of the discoveries made by Weizmann scientists, including learning that planting trees near deserts could eliminate 10 percent of carbon in the atmosphere and that supplements in apples, strawberries, watermelon, beets, and spinach might help those with gastrointestinal conditions.

Learn more about the work being done at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

ACWIS Gala 2019: Janet Anixter, Steve Anixter, JoAnn Anixter Silva
Co-Chairs Janet Anixter, American Committee National Board Member and Midwest Region Board Member Steve Anixter, and Midwest Region Board Member JoAnn Anixter Silva
ACWIS 2019 Gala: Coco Soodek and Josh Cynamon
Emcee and American Committee Midwest Region Board Member Coco Soodek and Midwest Region Board Member Josh Cynamon
ACWIS 2019 Gala: Dr. Marilyn Perlman and Harry Epstein
American Committee National Board Member and Midwest Region Board Chair Dr. Marilyn Perlman and Harry Epstein
ACWIS 2019 Gala: Dave Doneson, Lester Crown, Renee Crown
American Committee CEO Dave Doneson and Honorary Chairs Lester Crown and Renée Crown
ACWIS 2019 Gala: Maya Rabinowitz, Alec Camhi, Dr. Ofer Yizhar
Maya Rabinowitz, Alec Camhi, and Weizmann Institute neurobiologist Dr. Ofer Yizhar

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