Batten disease is a ruthless, childhood condition that has stolen our children’s livelihood and then, lives.


We have devastatingly lost Noah VanHoutan,Bridget Kennicott,Ethan Gahlbeck and recently, Laine VanHoutan all between the young ages of 10-12 to this horrific disease. 

Our children developed normally as toddlers; walking, talking, and laughing. Unfortunately, they soon experienced on-going seizures and loss of muscle control including their ability to speak, walk, and feed themselves. Currently, there is no cure for this fatal childhood disease.

We are hosting our 9th Annual fundraiser in honor of all four children.

A Fifth Seasonis Saturday, November 9th, 6:00pm at the Marriott Oak Brook – 1401 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 

A Fifth Season fundraiser will provide a casual yet, purposeful atmosphere, featuring music, an impressive live and silent auctions, dinner, dessert, and open bar. Come in dressy casual. 

Noah’s Hope-Hope 4 Bridget is hosting a pre-reception 5:00pm-6:00pm featuring the following:

  • Additional $25.00 per person, select when buying event ticket
  • Open bar 5pm-6pm
  • Socialize with Gahlbeck, Kennicott and VanHoutan Families
  • Mingle with Batten disease researchers
  • Early check-in for A Fifth Season
  • Opportunity for early raffle ticket purchase for Maine vacation home (1-week)
  • Limited tickets available!

All funds raised will go towards CLN2 Batten research via Noah’s Hope-Hope 4 Bridget, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide funding for research and education in efforts to find a treatment and cure for CLN2 Batten disease.

In 2017, the FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have each approved the first-ever CLN2 Batten disease enzyme replacement therapy called “Brineura”. While this is exciting news, your donation will allow us to continue searching for additional treatments and a CURE for CLN2 Batten disease.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Please contact Kathleen Jensen at for details.

Hope on the Horizon        $10,000+

Noah the Conductor         $5,000+

Bridget the Go Getter       $2,500+

Ethan, Master of Transit    $1,000+

Princess Laine                     $500+

Have a auction item to donate?  Please contact Jennifer Jesso at for donating.

Hotel reservations for the event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (630) 573-8555

The room block “A Fifth Season Fundraiser” rate is $99 plus tax.  Rate available until 10.18.19.