On May 11th, more than 450 supporters of the newly renamed Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute, including the Malnati family, gathered at The Ritz-Carlton for Minds Matter 2018.

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated writer, director, producer, and actor Bonnie Hunt served as master of ceremonies at the charity event. Guests listened to a discussion with Marc Malnati, Jean Malnati Miller, and co-director and surgical director of the institute, James P. Chandler, and enjoyed a live auction featuring a variety of items and experiences. One hotly contested experience was “Dinner with the Docs” – a dinner at Lou Malnati’s Gold Coast with doctors from the institute, and of course, deep dish pizza!

At the end of the night, proceeds from Minds Matter 2018 totaled over $615,000.

This money will help to advance medical research and clinical care for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors at the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute.

To learn more about the Malnati family’s history supporting cancer research and the Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute, check out our blog here.