Christopher Dana Reeve Foundation To Host A Magical Evening Chicago

first_imgThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its inaugural “A Magical Evening Chicago” Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at The Peninsula Chicago hotel.The evening will commemorate advancements in spinal cord research, and highlight the efforts of Chicago supporters to raise funds and awareness for the Reeve Foundation mission.This year’s event will honor Chicago-based nonprofit leader Geoff Kent with the Jon O’Connor Visionary Leader Award and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. A Magical Evening Chicago will also feature Kathy Brock, co-anchor of ABC 7 News, as the host for the evening.As the founder of Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, Geoff Kent has raised over $700,000 to fund cutting-edge spinal cord research and translational studies. Based in Chicago, Kent’s nonprofit presence has served to support and advocate for individuals living with paralysis similar to Jon O’Connor, the namesake of the Visionary Leader Award. O’Connor passed in 2013 following complications as a result of his spinal cord injury.Jim McMahon led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl victory in 1985 and went on to be one of the most celebrated football players in Bears history. However, his work off the field to heighten safety in sports has resulted in greater awareness of injuries sustained by professional and collegiate athletes. The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award honors leaders who challenge barriers that restrict equality and advocate for improved quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. Presenting the award to McMahon is legendary Chicago Bears coach and three-time Super Bowl champion, Mike Ditka.“This year marked the start of a new era for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as we uncover potential therapies for spinal cord injury after decades of research. At A Magical Evening Chicago we will celebrate unprecedented progress in research and continue to move our life-changing work forward,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “Chicago is the home of many steadfast Reeve Foundation supporters who carry the torch of our founders. Both Geoff Kent and Jim McMahon are exemplary individuals who have worked tirelessly to accelerate change for millions of Americans living with disabilities. They embody the very fabric of the Reeve Foundation mission and live by Christopher Reeve’s words that ’nothing is impossible.”The gala will also highlight the Reeve Foundation’s most ambitious campaign — The Big Idea — which aims to fast track the next phase of epidural stimulation research that enabled four young men to voluntarily move their legs, stand, and recover critical autonomic functions in the presence of the intervention. For more information on The Big Idea, visit: Reeve Foundation Board of Directors includes John M. Hughes (Chairman), John E. McConnell (Vice Chairman), Henry G. Stifel, III (Vice Chairman), Matthew Reeve (Vice Chairman, International Development), Joel M. Faden (Treasurer), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Secretary), Peter T. Wilderotter (President & Chief Executive Officer), Timothy J. Connors, Stephen Evans-Freke, Simone George, Kelly Anne Heneghan, Esq., Lisa Henry Holmes, Daniel Heumann, Michael Hoog, Sal Iannuzzi, Anita McGorty, Timothy R. Pernetti, Mark Pollock, Will Reeve, David Sable, Marci Surfas, Christopher Tagatac, Tania Lynn Taylor, Patricia J. Volland and James O. Welch, Jr.Through the Reeve Foundation’s persistence and promise, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of if, but a question of when. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Proceeds from A Magical Evening Chicago enable the Reeve Foundation to continue its pivotal work.The Reeve Foundation will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of its signature New York gala, A Magical Evening, on November 19, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street.last_img read more

The director of Suicide Squad publicly admitted what he regrets about the

first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

Trudeau to issue statement of exoneration for Tsilhqotin chiefs

first_imgThe Canadian PressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to exonerate six First Nations chiefs who were executed by British Columbia’s colonial government more than 150 years ago.Trudeau’s itinerary says he will “deliver a statement of exoneration” for the Tsilhqot’in chiefs in the House of Commons at 3 p.m.The warriors were hanged following a deadly confrontation with white road builders during the so-called “Chilcotin War of 1864.”After the workers were killed, five chiefs arrived at what they believed would be peace talks with government representatives. Instead, they were arrested, tried and hanged, and a sixth chief was executed the following year in New Westminster.The Tsilhqot’in have long disputed the government’s authority to execute the six chiefs as criminals, describing the confrontation as an altercation between warring nations.The B.C. government apologized for the executions in 1993 and installed a commemorative plaque at the site of the hangings.Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is scheduled to hold a press conference alongside the Tsilhqot’in Nation leadership today in Ottawa following the official exoneration.last_img read more

Angry Birds 2 Announced by Rovio

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you thought the human race had finally persevered and withstood the barrage of Angry Birds sequels, spin-offs, and merchandise, then get ready for this news! Angry Birds 2 is coming out on July 30 for iOS and Android.Yup, Angry Birds 2. Because Seasons, Rio, Star Wars, Space, and whatever other games came out between then and now simply were not sequels, Rovio gets to release Angry Birds 2. The situation sounds a whole lot like a Halo 4 or Grand Theft Auto IV to me. Those ones in between, they just don’t count.Rovio has this to say about its game.Back in December 2009, when we were just a small games studio, we released our 52nd game featuring colorful birds, green pigs, a slingshot and a super catchy theme tune. Fast forward to 2015 and Angry Birds has taken the world by storm.With 3 billion game downloads, millions of fans across the globe, multiple mashups and spin-offs, collaborations with A-list celebrities and much more, we’re really proud that Angry Birds is the mother of all mobile game apps. And now we’re proud to announce the mother of all sequels – Angry Birds 2!All of us here at Rovio can’t wait to show our fans what we’ve been cooking up! We’re SUPER excited. Follow Angry Birds on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube during the next couple weeks and you’ll see something a little piggy is going on…Angry Birds 2 flocks into app stores worldwide on July 30. Get ready to fall in love again!Kami-sama… save us all. This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo July 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more