Midwest Gala Dinner

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
(L-R) Midwest Gala Co-Chairs and President’s Circle members Janet and Steven Anixter and JoAnn Anixter Silva.

(L-R) Midwest Gala Co-Chairs and President’s Circle members Janet and Steven Anixter and JoAnn Anixter Silva.

The Midwest Region’s annual Gala Dinner took place at The Geraghty in Chicago with over 600 guests in attendance.

Local civic and community leaders joined attendees from as far as Canada and Montana to honor Michael Polsky, Founder and CEO of Invenergy. A dedicated philanthropist and energy industry pioneer, Mr. Polsky received the Weizmann Leadership Award and spoke about the three values that strengthen his personal commitment to Weizmann: the importance of education, the pursuit of new frontiers, and the power of science and innovation.

The evening’s program, emceed by ABC 7 reporter Janet Davies, also consisted of presentations by University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Prof. Avigdor Scherz, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, who discussed his cutting-edge cancer research. Chaired by Janet and Steven Anixter and JoAnn Anixter Silva, the highly successful gala raised nearly $1.3 million in support of the Weizmann Institute.