BENEFITING: Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2014
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), one of the country’s most authoritative voices on Lyme disease, is pleased to announce its Third annual fundraising gala entitled “The Great Imitator Masquerade Ball,” to be held at Chelsea Piers in New York City on May 1, 2014. This year’s theme looks to shed light on the debilitating effects of Lyme disease, which often mimic other diseases.
Kicking off May as the national Lyme Disease Awareness Month, this year’s gala will be the most influential fundraising event of the year. The night will honor some of the nations most courageous and applauded individuals who have graciously lent their support to help TBDA find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.
International Grand Prix equestrian jump rider and World Cup finalist Judy Garofalo-Torres will be the recipient of TBDA’s Humanitarian Honoree. A Lyme sufferer herself, Judy has shown great strength in her brave fight against Lyme and possesses an unrivaled commitment to raising awareness and funds for both human and animal Lyme sufferers across the country.
Heather Thomson, President and Founder of Yummy Tummy and star of “Real Housewives of New York City,” will lead TBDA’s gala as Mistress of Ceremonies. TBDA will also be honoring a group of incredible individuals, all of who have been personally affected by Lyme. These people include former Major League Baseball Player Tom Seaver, 2014 Olympic Freestyle Skier Angeli VanLaanen, and Punk & Indie Rock Musician Kathleen Hanna. Each honoree will be recognized for their determination and willingness to speak out about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
“Lyme disease is the fastest growing disease in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that Lyme disease is a ‘tremendous’ public health threat, infecting 300,000 people each year, 10 times more than previously reported. Experts say that the number of long-term sufferers is likely much higher. We need more government support and research to find a diagnostic test that is both accessible and reliable to help further eradicate these illnesses,” said David Roth, Co-Chairman of the TBDA and Managing Director of Blackstone. “TBDA would not be successful without the generous support of the public and their willingness to stand up and fight for this urgent cause.”
“The Great Imitator Masquerade Ball” will include a festive evening of cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards program, featuring important messages from fellow Lyme advocates and supporters, such as Kevin Bacon, Dr. Oz and Ben Stiller. TBDA would like to thank those who are dedicated to helping the organization raise awareness, support research, promote advocacy, and increase funds for improved diagnostics for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.TBDAlliance.org, our Facebook page, Twitter page, or call TBDA at 914-579-1000.
About the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance was created in 2012 from the merger of two groups: Turn the Corner Foundation, and the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. TBDA is dedicated to raising awareness, promoting advocacy and supporting initiatives to find a cure for tick-borne diseases, including Lyme. As part of its efforts, TBDA is embarking on a quest to develop a reliable diagnostic tool as a first step toward eradicating the diseases. Working with others in the tick-borne disease community nationwide, TBDA seeks to raise public awareness through education and create a unified voice for advocacy regarding the current epidemic in order to make a real difference. More information about TBDA, Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and prevention and protection can be found at www.TBDAlliance.org.