December 02, 2017

Jenner & Block Partner Craig C. Martin, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, served as co-chair of the 59th annual Children’s Ball.  Hosted by the Children’s Research Fund, the event raised more than $3.75 million to benefit the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  More than 1,000 people attended the ball, held at the Hilton Chicago.  Mr. Martin served along with his wife, Laura Keiden Martin, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and chair of its national health-care practice, and John Simpson, partner at the investment banking firm Broadhaven Capital Partners.  Mr. and Ms. Martin offered remarks at the event.  In a press release, Donna G. Drescher, chairman of the Children’s Research Fund, said:  “The Children’s Ball is vital in supporting the Children’s Research Fund’s sole mission to further advance innovative medical research, with the overarching goal of eradicating the suffering caused by debilitating diseases and birth defects.”  Mr. and Ms. Martin and Mr. Simpson are pictured in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin item about the ball titled “Lawyers Co-Chair Children’s Ball for Lurie” (subscription required).  They are also pictured and mentioned in an item in The Chicago Tribune tilted "Children's Ball Raises $37.5M for Research."

Mr. Martin is dedicated to philanthropic and civic endeavors.  He has served as co-chair of the ball since 2016.  For nearly two decades, he was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, including serving as secretary, vice-chairman and chairman.  In 2015, the board established the Craig Martin Award, an educational scholarship opportunity, in his honor.  Mr. Martin serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and as a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. He is also a board member of the Crown Family Philanthropies.