Last month, more than 40 ACE committee members gathered at the Chicago Botanic Garden to kick off the 32nd annual American Craft Exposition and discuss plans for the year. ACE Co-Chairs Debbie Kerr and Dana Turban welcomed local and long-time ACE jewelry artist Aaron Macsai as well as Dr. Mark Dunnenberger, Senior Clinical Specialist of Pharmacogenomics at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) to speak at the event.
Aaron spoke to the group about how he creates small quantities of handmade, finely-crafted pieces that are intimate, honest and one-of-a-kind. Furthermore, he shared his personal connection to NorthShore whom he is extremely grateful to for helping him get his chronic headaches under control and allowing him to focus on the work he loves – making jewelry.
Dr. Mark Dunnenberger discussed how this year ACE will support NorthShore’s pioneering pharmacogenomics research. Funds raised will allow researchers such as himself to analyze and predict how patients react to medications based on genetic variants. He shared with the group how this information can be used to customize medical treatments, ensuring that patients receive the right drug in the right dose the first time, minimizing the side effects and adverse reactions to drugs for patients.
Even under winter’s cold blanket, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s idyllic setting lent a stunning backdrop to this year’s kickoff and promises to be even more breathtaking for the three-day expo in September. This year’s ACE will begin with a Benefit Preview Party on Thursday, September 22 and will run throughout the weekend from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.
We look forward to planning a fabulous 2016 ACE and hope to see you all there!