Saving Grace is The Preeclampsia Foundations annual fundraising gala. This year it is being held in Chicago on October 24, 2009.
Everyone can participate this year regardless of distance to the event. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you or a woman you know developed preeclampsia, HELLP Syndrome, or another hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, and you would like to share your story or share how her illness affected you or your family, prepare your story (500 words or less), solicit sponsors of your story, and then submit your story. Your story and recognition of your sponsors will be included in a special Saving Grace program book.
As in recent years, centerpieces on the tables will include photos of survivors.
Make a Therapeutic Contribution
Share your story with others in a way lets you heal from your experience. A HELLP Syndrome survivor who is an art therapist is providing this unique opportunity for anyone touched by preeclampsia to participate in art therapy workshops to reflect upon what happened to them in the hopes of healing from the experience. Participants will have the opportunity to have the products of the workshops on display at Saving Grace along with a brief description of their story. The workshops will be made available online so survivors from across the country can participate.
As in the past, the event will include a tribute slide show to the lives of those impacted by preeclampsia. This is one of the most powerful and moving moments of the evening. Contribute your story and you may move someone to make a donation! All that is required is a brief description of your story and some compelling photos to assist in telling the story.
Other ways you can contribute and make sure the event is a success include:
~ Coming to the event
~ Promoting the event to your friends and family (why not create an e-mail signature?)
~ Give us contact information of likely guests to add to the invitation list
~ Agree to distribute invitations with a personal invitation of your own
~ Contribute or help solicit items to the live auction (e-mail email@example.com to help)
~ Help us make a personal connection to a sponsor
~ Become a gala committee member by agreeing to bring 10 guests to the event with you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ you will receive special recognition in the event program