The power of innovative science

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
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 in October 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 at the gala 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.

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Prof. Avigdor Scherz of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences also spoke. Chaired by Janet and Steven Anixter and JoAnn Anixter Silva, the gala raised nearly $1.3 million in support of the Weizmann Institute.