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2024 Imagine Gala

Join us for an evening of innovation and discovery in support of Versiti Blood Research Institute.

The annual Imagine Gala benefits the Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation, which helps propel our investigators’ groundbreaking research.

Event Details

Date: Friday, Sept. 13, 2024
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin Club | 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2024

All proceeds support research at Versiti Blood Research Institute. Cocktail attire requested.

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The Virginia Brooks Jefferson Award is given in recognition of an individual, group, corporation or foundation whose outstanding volunteer leadership supports Versiti’s mission to advance patient care by providing life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical expertise.


2024 Virginia Brooks Jefferson Award Recipient: Gilbert C. White II, MD

Gilbert C. White II, MD, joined Versiti Blood Research Institute (VBRI) in 2004, serving as a senior investigator, Richard H. and Sara E. Aster Chair for Medical Research, and executive vice president and chief scientific officer. His research focused on understanding the signaling pathways that affect platelets, with a goal of controlling vascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes.

During Dr. White’s tenure, VBRI tripled its number of investigators, more than doubled direct research expenditures, doubled research space, more than doubled its number of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and more than tripled income from intellectual property. He was also committed to supporting the next generation of scientists, mentoring more than 60 students, fellows and investigators before retiring in 2019.

2023 Recipient: Jackie Fredrick

Jackie Fredrick began her career in blood health at the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin, now Versiti, and was appointed its fourth CEO in 2001. For more than 15 years, she guided the organization through unprecedented growth and foresaw the changes that swept across health care during the economic downturn. Jackie retired in 2016 but continues to support Versiti’s lifesaving mission, including through a named scholarship that benefits graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


This award is given to a recipient who has persevered and displayed hope as well as gratitude, through a difficult and challenging blood disease. Join us in celebrating strength and resiliency.


2024 Imagine Award Recipient: Thomas Williams

Shortly after his 2nd birthday, Thomas was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and was put on a trial drug that combined two of the most powerful forms of chemotherapy. To keep his body strong, he received no fewer than 18 blood transfusions that made an immense difference on his care.

2023 Recipient: Elise Goebel

As a teenager, Elise was diagnosed with severe factor VII deficiency, a rare bleeding disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot. She receives medical care at Versiti Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders, which taught her how to self-infuse the factor VII replacement her blood lacks.


CSL Behring | Champion Sponsor

Thank you to CSL Behring for its five years of partnership in fighting blood diseases as a lead Imagine Gala sponsor!

Hero Level

Axion Risk Management Strategies

Ambassador Level

Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin
Marquette Associates

Advocate Level

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Funding Research
Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation accepts financial and philanthropic gifts from donors, which helps to propel lifesaving research.
Versiti Partnerships
Versiti community partners and sponsors include amateur and professional sports teams, restaurants, entertainment venues, nonprofits, and more.
Versiti Blood Research Institute
Versiti Blood Research Institute investigators study blood disorders like hemophilia, blood cancers like leukemia, and other blood diseases.
Ways to Give
You can support Versiti’s mission in several ways, including donating blood, hosting a blood drive, joining the organ and tissue donor registry, and more.