Last year Ryan Pinkston, a Chicago litigation associate, raised nearly $4,000 for the American Cancer Society's two main fundraising events in Illinois, The Discovery Ball, which raised $2.1 million, and the Skyline Soiree, which raised $105,000. Ryan has been a member of the ACS's Associate Board of Ambassadors for the past several years. The Associate Board is responsible for securing silent auction items for the Discovery Ball and for selling tickets to its signature event, the Skyline Soiree. Ryan has worked on the Art subcommittee in the past and was the chair of the Sports subcommittee in 2011. He continues to work on the Associate Board in support of the 2012 Discovery Ball and Skyline Soiree as chair of the Sports subcommittee again. Ryan says, "I'm fortunate to have found a charitable organization that combines immeasurably important causes - funding cancer research and supporting cancer patients in their daily lives - with great events and significant participation and recognition from business leaders, including Seyfarth's management. I encourage everyone seeking meaningful and rewarding volunteer hours to join."
Ryan's efforts were recognized with an award presentation at a breakfast hosted by the chair of the 2012 Discovery Ball, Greg Brown, who is the Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. Mr. Brown gave an inspiring talk about what makes a good leader, as well as what he has learned over the years from both his failures and successes. The fight against cancer is personal for Mr. Brown, as he lost his father to colon cancer at age 62 and his sister is a breast cancer survivor. Mr. Brown warmly thanked the Associate Board for raising money and awareness for this cause.