EASTPOINTE, Michigan — On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) will host its 14th Annual Derby Luncheon and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI. The event will begin at 11:30am and end at 2:30pm. Tickets are $55 for adults and $30 for youth, 5-17 years old. Channel 4 Meteorologist, Chuck Gaidica, will act as the emcee. The vocal trio, Satin Dolls, will provide the entertainment as they perform hits from the 1940’s and ’50’s. This year’s Derby event is held on the same day as the actual Kentucky Derby! Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Derby attire and hat.
Auction items include a baseball package from the Detroit Tigers, an autographed basketball from Detroit Piston Andre Drummond and tickets to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Ford Museum and the Grosse Pointe Theater. AARDA spokesperson, Emmy nominated actress, Kellie Martin, has donated a gift certificate to her online store, Romp, and a copy of her latest book, “Madam”.
This signature fundraising event raises crucial funding in support of autoimmune disease patient education programs, as well as support for autoimmune research, and public awareness programs. Of the 50 million people afflicted with the 100+ autoimmune disease, 30 million of them are women.
“Even with the downturn in the economy we have been very fortunate to have the support of Metro Detroit but there is still much work to be done. We have not yet reached our goal! We need the individuals in the community to attend and more companies to step up in support of a cause that is one of the top 10 killers of women and young girls under the age of 64,” said Virginia T. Ladd, AARDA President and Executive Director.
For ticket information, please visit AARDA at www.aarda.org or call 586-776-3900. A limited amount of tickets are being sold.
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.
AARDA is the only national nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity, the major cause of serious chronic diseases. Approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases. Women are more likely than men to be affected; some estimates say that 75 percent of those affected–some 30 million people–are women. Still, with these statistics, autoimmunity is rarely discussed as a women’s health issue.