Nancy Moses, Clare Duffy and Carol Klein
On May 4, 2008, Carol Klein and Nancy Moses co-hosted their 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea in Washington, D.C., an elegant IMF member fundraiser.
More than 150 women joined them for Sunday tea at the Four Seasons Hotel. The afternoon event raised more than $55,000. A generous donor then matched that amount, for a total of more than $110,000, all earmarked for IMF-supported myeloma research.
The afternoon tea included champagne, sandwiches, baked delicacies (and of course, tea!) as well as a special guest speaker—an element Carol and Nancy see as an important component of their fundraising event.
This year's speaker was Clare Duffy, Producer of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Under Ms. Duffy's leadership, this past December the show produced an important story on myeloma. It featured retired NFL player Elijah Alexander, a myeloma survivor, and Dr. Brian Durie, Chairman of the IMF.
Ms. Duffy is also the niece of renowned actor Peter Boyle, an IMF member who lost his battle with myeloma in 2006. Ms. Duffy began her talk by recalling fondly her relationship with her "Uncle Pete," and her immense admiration of him as an actor, as a family man, and as a patient confronting a disease for which there is no cure.
Ms. Duffy knew very little about myeloma before her uncle’s diagnosis. But now, in part through the enormous public feedback she received after producing the successful NBC news segment, she knows how many people are affected by myeloma—and how vital it is to increase the community's visibility.
Myeloma is very prevalent in both Carol and Nancy’s lives. Both of their husbands live with the disease. For them, an important part of the process is giving back to the myeloma community that supports them. This occurs by raising money for research and by educating the non-myeloma community, which leads to greater awareness and earlier diagnosis for those who have the disease. Their event, primarily attended by friends who are not directly part of the myeloma community, is a fun and engaging way to achieve all of these goals.
The 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea included an opportunity drawing. Winners took home everything from luxurious jewelry to brunch at the Four Seasons.
Carol Klein, the IMF's Suzanne Battaglia and Clare Duffy
But the real opportunity was the wonderful event itself, its substantial support of critical myeloma research, and its important contribution to raising awareness.