Eleni Z. Tsigas, this year's Saving Grace Chair, and Jill Siegel asked me to post this.
Saving Grace Article
The Preeclampsia Foundation has marked Saturday, September 20, 2008, for Saving Grace: A Night of Hope, its fourth annual dinner and program benefiting the Preeclampsia Foundation. This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event, which will be held in Washington, D.C., will focus on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Advancing Preeclampsia Awareness to Save Lives,Ã¢â‚¬Â highlighting the new research that directly connects preeclampsia awareness with health outcomes of mothers and their babies.
As the primary annual fundraiser for the Preeclampsia Foundation, Saving Grace is an event critical to fulfilling mission and meeting program goals. This event, held in a different city every year, underscores the need to drive national awareness of a growing and dangerous disorder that impacts hospitals, practitioners, women, families and communities. This year, Saving Grace is also an opportunity to personalize a medical condition for scientists and researchers who will come together from across the globe to discuss emerging research in Washington, DC. The event is being designed to serve as the kick-off event for the 16th World Conference for the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) that is scheduled for September 21-24, 2008 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.
Additionally, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based in the Washington area, the Foundation felt the site provided an opportunity to speak directly to key researchers and scientists who are studying preeclampsia. An important strategy for risk assessment and prevention of maternal/infant illness and death lies in research and as the Foundation expands its existing grant program, coordination with NIH becomes increasingly important.
Of course, the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capital is the policy making center of the country and the Foundation wants, in a non-partisan manner, to take advantage of this opportunity to educate policy-makers as to the fundamental issues surrounding preeclampsia. In fact, honorary co-chairs for the event include Senators Michael B. Enzi, Tom Harkin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Patty Murray and Representatives Lois Capps, Donna Christensen, Sue Myrick, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Joseph Pitts, Ralph Regula, and Lucille Roybal-Allard.
The event will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from 6:00 until 11:00 p.m. A reception is followed by a sit-down dinner. The program includes a tribute slideshow to those impacted by preeclampsia, accompanied by live musicians playing Amazing Grace. CNNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Elizabeth Cohen, a nationally recognized journalist and host of The Empowered Patient will serve as featured speaker and emcee, and Dr. Christopher Redman, president of the ISSHP will give a welcome address. National Patient Advocate, Lauren Larsen will provide an emotional and motivating story of her life-threatening victory over preeclampsia.
Saving Grace: A Night of Hope also provides the opportunity for the Foundation to present its Hope Awards and research grants in addition to conducting a live auction and donation drive. Other program highlights this year include the premiere of the FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s educational DVD and, through a special arrangement with the World Health Organization, an exhibit of commissioned artwork from their Art for Health project. The artwork addresses the plight of maternal health issues around the world. Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased online at [url]http://www.preeclampsia.org/svgrace.asp [/url]
CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Make it to DC? You Can Still be Part of a Night of Hope
As many of us know, Saving Grace Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A Night of Hope has become the FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most important fundraiser of the year and the location has been rotating around the country (Minneapolis, San Francisco, Boston, and, now, Washington, DC) to give as many people as possible a chance to participate; but not everyone can fly across the country for a gala event, no matter its importance or oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s personal commitment to the cause.
But, you can still help make the event a resounding success. Consider helping out with one of the following activities:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Forward information on your preeclampsia story for use in the annual tribute slideshow Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the most powerful and moving element of the evening. Forward photos and other aspects of your story to Jill Siegel at [url="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/url].
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Send a personal invite to friends, family, and colleagues of yours in the Washington, DC area. . The invitation will mean a whole lot more if they get one from you with a quick note inside about why youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re involved and how much youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d appreciate their support.
You can request a batch of invitations to be sent to you or you can send an electronic version. Contact Eleni Tsigas at [url="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/url]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Help us get a donation for dinner for 2 at a nice DC hotel restaurant to be added to a Ã¢â‚¬Å“GirlfriendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WeekendÃ¢â‚¬Â package for the live auction.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Help secure table sponsors. Individuals or companies are needed to sponsor tables at a price of $5,000 each. If all the seats cannot be used, the company or individual may want to donate their seats to local labor and delivery nurses so that they can attend the as their guests. This presents a wonderful opportunity for a large employer or anyone interested in supporting the mission of the Foundation to help raise awareness among healthcare professionals.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Do something in your own back yard! Since the Foundation has declared September to be a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Month of Grace,Ã¢â‚¬Â all volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the success of Saving Grace by thinking nationally and acting locally. Host a bake sale, organize a special Month of Grace shopping day, host a Poker night Ã¢â‚¬â€œ use your creativity or take advantage of the list of ideas available at [url]https://www.preeclampsia.org/fundideas.asp[/url]. In order to further connect these local events with the national gala, the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s planners will feature information about them at the gala in Washington. For more information or to get support for your idea, contact Jodie Steegman Tabano at [url="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org "]email@example.com [/url] or [url="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/url].