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Following a two-year hiatus, the ICRF Chicago Tower of Hope gala will once again be held in person! Join us for a memorable night of hope, science and entertainment. 

Thursday, September 29, 2022
The Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL

6:00 PM Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres and Food Stations
7:15 PM Program and Dessert
Dietary laws observed | Dressy casual

Our Honorees

Honoree: Richard Edelheit

Retired Partner from RSM US LLP; ICRF Chicago Board of Directors and ICRF International Treasurer

Richard Edelheit retired as the national real estate leader for RSM US LLP where he oversaw all activities for the firm’s national real estate practice. Currently, Rick is the International Treasurer of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and sits on the ICRF Chicago Board of Directors.

Rick graduated from Northern Illinois University, with a B.S. in Accounting. He currently resides in Highland Park, IL with his wife.

Inspiration Awardee: Lisa Alter Krule, z”l

It is with much sadness that ICRF extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and community of Lisa Alter Krule, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.

She guided the path for so many with her passion and love for Israel and Judaism.

May her memory forever be a blessing.


Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

President-Rob Johnson Communications
Emmy Award Winning Former TV News Anchor

Rob Johnson’s Emmy Award winning Chicago television career spanned more than two decades as he built a well-known, trustworthy brand. In 2019, he started Rob Johnson Communications, his own communications consulting firm. He also produces content for YouTube channels, corporate videos, and social assets. Rob conducts crisis communications, and strategic market analyses for companies and not-for profits, and is the co-host of the “Can You Hear Me?” podcast.

Registration & Tributes

Tickets: $360
Young Leadership Ticket: $100

Tributes are also available for purchase


Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Click below or download a print version to learn more about our available sponsorships.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors


Leslie & David Abramson 
Earl Abramson & Sheila Schlaggar 


Jacki & Bruce Barron and Family, Origin Ventures

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The Bresler Family


Zivit & Steve Blonder
Elizabeth & David Copeland, Strategic Wealth Partners

Robert L. & Sylvia Haag Supporting Foundation

Diane & Steve Miller 
Leemor Katz & Charles Serlin
Valerie & Lee Shapiro
Bev & David Zadikoff and Family 


Debbi & Mark Abramson
Sharon & Neil Book 
Roberta & Richard Edelheit
Paul T. Fox 
Joyce Grenis & Michael Koen 
Mazzetta Family Foundation

Linda & Richard Price

Vicki & Jay Stoller 


Lester and Edward Anixter Family Foundation
The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation
James Chesser and Family
DeeDee & Dr. Gary Grad 
Eric Helfand, Farpoint Development

Adrienne & Jeffrey Kriezelman
The Malkin Family
Jaime Rhum 
Erin & Jeff Robbins 
Valerie & Paul Sassieni
Cindy & Larry Shanker
Caryn & Gerold Skurnick
Venture One Real Estate, LLC

Amy & Rick Wise 


Brad Akers, Beepreciated

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Rob Bernstein
Helene & Gregg Chudacoff 
Empowered Nonprofits

Empower Nonprofits logo

Ellen & David Goldberg
Suzy & David Hakimian 
Dr. Richard Herman
Rebecca & Michael Raff 
Kim & David Reich 
Kim & Perry Shwachman

SpringSource Psychological Center, PLLC
Mark Valenti and Dan Valenti, VALENTI

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Diane & Richard Weinberg 

Host Committee

Leslie & David Abramson*
Laurie & Brad Akers*
Rebekah & Stuart Almeleh 
Dr. Jessica* & Eyal Altman
Marsha Ginsberg Axler & Neil Axler
Jacki & Bruce Barron*
Samantha Barron*
Robert Bernstein*
Ilissa* & Danny Berz
Zivit* & Steve Blonder
Sharon & Neil Book
Stacey & Brian Bromberg*
Lisa & Aaron Brooks*
Barbara & Sam Cohn
Roberta & Richard Edelheit*
Sam Fields*
Brad Finkel
Paul T. Fox*
Judy & Jerry Frumm
Mindy Gordon
DeeDee & Dr. Gary Grad*
Drs. Dori & Ari Hakimian
Suzy & Dr. David Hakimian*
Marissa Happ & Josh Hakimian 
Jill & Eric Helfand*
Dr. Richard Herman *
Katie Intrater*
Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin
Karen & Michael Kesner
Jill* & Gary Kirshenbaum
Kimberly & Adi Klinghofer*
Adrienne & Jeffrey Kriezelman*
Dr. Alexander Krule
Eli Krule 
Susan Fader & Lawrence Krule
Michael Krule
Kim & Aaron Levy

Susan & Ken Lorch
Elisa & Rabbi Aaron Melman
Joel Meyer
Diane & Steve Miller
Joni Crounse & Richard Moline
Dori Alexander Mufson & Mike Mufson 
Lonnie Nasatir
Dena & Mendy Nudelman
Debbie & Marc Pershan*
Linda & Richard Price
Michelle* & Stuart Primack
Rebecca* & Michael Raff
Kim & David Reich*
Jaime Rhum*
Erin & Jeff Robbins*
Lital & Dr. Ari Rosenberg
Karen & Barry Rosenthal
Miriam & Michael Rudolph
Rachel & Alan Russo
Valerie & Paul Sassieni*
Kim & Perry Shwachman
Terri & Marc Schwartz
Leemor Katz* & Chip Serlin*
Valerlie & Lee Shapiro
Sharon & Mark Shapiro 
Rachel Sheinkop
Rachel Siegal
Julie & Dr. Brad Silva*
Heidi & Bill Spizman
Larry Pachter & Sandy Starkman 
Susan & Cantor Steven Stoehr
Judy & Richard Stone
David Storch
Amy & Rick Wise
Bev & David Zadikoff*

* ICRF Chicago Chapter Board Member

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