As the coordinator of this glorious celebration, I am so gratified to be able to report that not only was the evening a social success, it fulfilled our fundraising goals of raising $500,000! With the help of our wonderful dinner and honorary committees, and patients and family members from all over, the evening proceeded without a hitch. It was wonderful to see everything we’d planned fall into place – the auctions, the menu, the entertainment – bringing such pleasure to all of our guests, while at the same time raising money and awareness.
I wanted to let you know a little about how the concept of people “making a world of difference” worked in this case. When it was decided that we would have the Gala in New York, my first thought was – how in the world am I going to coordinate something that is to happen several thousand miles away! But what I found out is that each journey begins with a little step and each step becomes easier because of people you meet along the way.
Elliot Bernstein and honoree Charles Osgood
During the pre-event planning, members of the Los Angeles Support Group were on hand to help. Patients and family members on the East coast signed up to be on committees. A call was put out that the IMF needed great auction items and we got them, so many, in fact, that we had planned only on having a Live Auction, but ended up adding a Silent and an Online Auction. Committee members Carol Klein, Marcy Bernstein and Joie Gregory worked tirelessly with me coordinating the auctions. We could not have done this event without the Mighty 3!
IMFers sold raffles, journal ads, dinner tickets and sponsorships, even if they themselves would not be able to actually attend. Myeloma support groups rallied around the cause. The spirit of wanting to be a part of this anniversary celebration one way or another was inspirational. In a world where one becomes used to hearing the words “no” and “can’t”, I can honestly say that the only word I ever heard throughout this process was a resounding “YES!” And that continues to be the inspiration that is the IMF and its membership.
I was honored to be part of this event, and plans are currently being discussed for Ribbon of Hope-Making a World of Difference 2001. We will keep you posted as plans
Honoree Charles Osgood with family and friends
Carol Klein (seated, 2nd from right) with
"Trooper" Benson (standing, center) and family
Marcy Bernstein (standing, 3rd from left)with Elliot
(standing, 3rd from right) with family and friends
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