Posted on October 19, 2016 |
This year’s Breath of Hope Gala was a complete sell out with over 410 people in attendance! And with a crowd like that, everything was “off the charts”!
Our Breath of Hope Silent Auction tables had 50 fabulous donated items up for bid, generating well over $9,000. That’s $4,000 + more than last year!
The ballroom walls were awash with the hot pink light from The LAM Foundation logo. Dinner was served and we took the time to recognize past Board Chair, Laura Lentz, as our LAM Leader Award Winner. We also recognized members of our Board of Directors who are moving to the Emeritus Board and welcomed our new Board Members; Patti Bebien-Aronoff, Jilly Evans, MD, Lisa Henske, MD, Evan Pontz and Chuck Young.
Board Chair, Andrea Slattery, welcomed Kathi Hawn to the stage to award her with the Distinguished Fundraiser Award for hosting the successful annual SLAM LAM walk in her community, followed by the entire room thanking the newest members of the Breath of Hope Giving Clubs.
LAM Clinic Directors handed out roses to every woman with LAM in attendance and the Rose Ceremony photo was beautiful and moving.
As Jessica Dold, spouse of Jenn Turner Dold, sang “Time to Say Goodbye”, Sharlene Dunn had the honor of placing the white rose into the vase in memory of our friends and loved ones who are no longer with us.
Fund A Cure then kicked off with Jessica Dold singing the uplifting song “Brave”. Those in attendance raised their paddles to donate over $225,000 directly to LAM research in thirty minutes of pure generosity. Belinda Romney was the last person to raise her paddle to donate $50 for LAM Research and was awarded with a Longchamp purse!
This year’s Breath of Hope Raffle was also a huge success with over 300 tickets sold! The big winners….Marie and Dan Glasby!
And finally, Laura Lentz was welcomed back to the stage to accept the LAM Quilt as a thank you from all women with LAM, for her work, time and wisdom she has given to the Foundation community in her two terms as Board Chair.
The night concluded with our guests busting a move on the dance floor, enjoying the selfie station and giant games. Thanks to everyone in attendance for making this the most successful Breath of Hope Gala ever!