On Sunday, November 18, Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford, NY1’s Jessica Abo, and the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation will be hosting the Marrow Match Gala at The Liberty Theater. The Gala was organized by Jessica Abo, a NY1 host and reporter, because of her emotional connection to the cause. Jessica’s connection to The Gift of Life Foundation began after hearing the story of a brave young man that Gift of Life helped support. Jessica was so moved that she felt compelled to get involved.
The goal of the Gala is to help potential bone marrow donors get matched with those in need. Finding matches demands a wide donor base, and individuals can only become potential donors if they have been tested as potential matches. Testing can be done painlessly with a simple swab of an individual’s cheek however, the processing a single swab kit is expensive, costing nearly $60 for each kit. Proceeds from The Marrow Match Gala will help Gift of Life pay for the processing of 11,000 kits, a project that will cost more than $600,000 and help numerous patients find their match.
The Marrow Match Gala will begin with a VIP reception at 6pm followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and an awards ceremony honoring four very courageous survivors.
WHAT: The Marrow Match Gala, benefiting the Gift of Life
WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2012, VIP Reception: 6pm-7pm, Gala Ceremony: 7PM-11pm
WHERE: The Liberty Theater, 234 W. 42nd Street
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit marrowmatchgala.com