Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Chicago Chapter To Host Event featuring Linda Mastandrea of Chicago 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Board of Directors

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The Chicago Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is hosting Mother's Day Shopping for the Cause event at Eye4Style on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Linda Mastandrea, Director of Paralympic Sport and Accessibility for Chicago 2016 Olympic & Paralympic bid and World & National Paralympic Champion, will be present as a special guest speaker.

Linda Mastandrea

10% of sales will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Chicago Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announces the Eye4Style Mother's Day Shopping for the Cause event on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST featuring special guest speaker Linda Mastandrea, the Director of Paralympic Sport and Accessibility for Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid and World and National Paralympic Champion. It will be an evening of miglining, complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and discount shopping with direct pricing on thousands of costume jewelry, accessories, handbags, and other items. "10% of sales will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation." Please bring cash or credit/debit cards - no checks will be accepted. There will be a nominal $5.00 per person donation fee at the door. RSVP to Rebecca Wasserman at 1-800-225-0292 x 7207 or rwasserman(at)christopherreeve(dot)org

The Chicago Chapter of Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation launched in 2008 with a signature benefit event at the House of Blues® featuring comedian Chelsea Handler of E!'s Chelsea Lately. This Chicago event is just the beginning of the new era of community-based volunteer engagement and leadership among Christopher Reeve and the Foundation supporters throughout the country. The Chicago Chapter is the flagship for this model and an example for others to replicate in raising awareness and support as well as in serving our community members.

"Help us grow and make a difference in the lives of people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis. If interested in joining the Chicago Chapter, email us at Chicago(at)ChristopherReeve(dot)org or call 1-800-225-0292."

About the Event
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Eye4Style
60 Shore Drive
Burr Ridge, IL
1-630-734-0800

About Linda Mastandrea
Linda Mastandrea is the Director of Paralympic Sport and Accessibility for Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid, where she acts as the sports representative for the bid across all functional areas while also ensuring seamless integration across its Olympic and Paralympic plans. She has been active in the disability advocacy and sports communities since her college days at the University of Illinois. Linda is an attorney in Chicago and leads a private practice concentrating in disability law and advocacy. While competing in wheelchair track, Linda won 15 gold and 5 silver medals representing the United States in Paralympic and World Championship competition during the 1990s. She held national and world records in all five distances in which she competed during her career.
Linda earned her BA in speech communication from the University of Illinois and her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She has lectured and taught across the country on disability law, education and advocacy. Linda, a freelance writer, has written a book and numerous magazine articles. Her book, Sports and the Physically Challenged: An Encyclopedia of People, Events and Organizations, was published by Greenwood Press in the fall of 2006. Her work has been featured in New Mobility, Sports n' Spokes, We Media and Exceptional Parent magazines.
Linda serves on the board of Access Living, where she chairs the Lawyer's Advisory Committee. She is vice president to the National Disability Sports Alliance and a member of Legal Committee of the International Paralympic Committee and served on the USOC's board of directors for two years.

About Chicago Chapter of Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Chicago Chapter is committed to the vision of Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve to cure spinal cord injury through the funding of innovative research and improving the quality of life for those living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Chicago Chapter will accomplish this by supporting an annual Chicago area fall fundraising event, propagating Team Reeve participation in the Chicago Marathon and hosting smaller fundraising, educational and outreach events.

For more information about the event or if interesting in joining the Chicago Chapter, please visit ChristopherReeve.org/Chicago or contact us at Chicago(at)ChristopherReeve(dot)org or 1-800-225-0292.

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