Chicago Spring Luncheon

Our 8th Annual Chicago Luncheon
Benefiting Food Allergy Research & Education
April 5, 2019 | Chicago, IL

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Save the Date - 8th Annual Chicago Spring Luncheon

Friday, April 5, 2019
The Standard Club 
320 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604

Check back for event details coming soon. For more information, please contact Anne Horning, Senior Director of Special Events at 212-207-8795 or

 2018 Chicago Spring Luncheon

On May 11, nearly 400 guests gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago for the Seventh Annual Chicago Spring Luncheon to benefit FARE. The event, which raised over $400,000 to support FARE’s mission and initiatives, honored Sarah Grueneberg, chef/partner at Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. The keynote speaker was chef, restaurateur, author and food allergy dad Richard Blais, who also gave a pre-lunch cooking demonstration. Attendees received updates on FARE’s impact from FARE CEO James R. Baker, Jr., MD, and Senior National Director of Advocacy Jen Jobrack. Jessica O’Konek, PhD, whose work on an intranasal immunotherapy vaccine for peanut allergy was supported by a 2015 New Investigator in Food Allergy award, presented a summary of her recently published findings. And seventh grader Heather Wheeler shared her experience of managing multiple food allergies and her hopes for an allergy-free future.

FARE is grateful to the luncheon’s many generous sponsors and partners, the co-chairs Denise Bunning, Linda Levinson Friend and Karin Teglia, and the members of the Benefit Committee: Eun Lee Criswell, Wende Fox Lawson, Debbie Levinthal, Kelly McCready, Gretchen Munaretto, Maggie Shapack, Deb Silberstein, Laura Summers, Anne Thompson and Patricia Boyle Wheeler. We thank everyone who helped make the event a success.

Save the Date for our FARE Chicago Spring Luncheon on April 5, 2019 at The Standard Club.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Feature Sponsor

Denise and Dave Bunning
Harris Family Foundation (Linda & Bill Friend,
Katherine P. Harris, Pam & Dr. Joe Szokol and Caryn & King Harris)
Cari and Michael J. Sacks
Sunshine Charitable Foundation

Advocacy Champion

Heather and Jeffrey Eiserman
Goldman Sachs
Elaine and Donald Levinson
Karyn and Bill Silverstein
Karin and Dean Teglia Family Foundation

Research Supporter

Boyle Family Foundation
Credit Suisse
Wende Fox Lawson and Jim Lawson
Karen Malkin Health Consulting and The Malkin Family
Jill and Paul Meister
Maggie and Jeffrey Shapack

Education Patron

Eun Lee Criswell and Bob Criswell
Enjoy Life Foods
Suzanne and David Friedland/Yvette and David Stone
Lyn Goldstein
Michelle and Alan Kaplan
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Morgan Stanley
Mary Swietnicki and Adam Mortara
Gretchen and Richard Munaretto
Northwestern Medicine
Rebecca and Rob Nichols
Diana and Bruce Rauner
Jamie and David Schwartz
Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman
The Safe + Fair Food Company
William Blair Company

Media Partner