It’s hard to believe that this year’s Ribbon of Hope-Making a World of Difference 11th Anniversary Gala has come and gone! Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, all that cooking and the meal is consumed in a flash. The good news is that the event raised close to $400,000!
The evening began with a wonderful Silent Auction and reception, with over 76 exciting packages being bid on by the guests in attendance. They also enjoyed the amazing sleight of hand by Magic Castle magician George Tovar and had pictures taken with the cirque performers on hand to greet and entertain them. During dinner, awards were presented to William C. Pearson of Ortho Biotech, James A. Bianco of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., Julian Adams and Michael Kauffman of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Rudolf L. Brutoco and Michael S. Katz.
A big IMF thank you goes to Master of Ceremonies and Guest Auctioneer Extraordinaire Robin Leach, who once again donated his time to making the evening the success it was. Members of the Los Angeles Support Group made up the bulk of the Dinner Committee and contributed greatly to helping the IMF obtain auction items, as well as selling dinner tickets and ads for the Tribute Journal. Many other IMFers from around the globe contributed to the success of the Gala, even if they themselves were not able to attend. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without Dinner Chairs Sheila Field and Ruth Gilliam, and Auction Chair Carol Klein (who has agreed to chair next year’s Gala!).
Next year’s Ribbon of Hope-Making a World of Difference Gala is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2002, so mark your calendars. If you would like to be involved in the planning of this event, please get in touch. I am especially looking for people local to the Washington, D.C. area to serve on the committees.
To expand our outreach potential, I am also interested in talking to IMFers about hosting smaller, regional fundraisers (e.g. a catered cocktail reception or buffet in your home; a party at a local attraction, nightclub or comedy club). I’d love to learn about your communities and tell you more about the support the IMF can provide for such events.
Let’s put our heads together so that the IMF can help more patients, fund more research, and continue to raise awareness about myeloma. It is only through reaching out to one another that we can achieve our goals. Please call me at (800) 452-2873 or contact me via email SBattaglia@myeloma.org. I look forward to hearing from you.