WESTPORT, Conn. -- Bestselling author Jane Green of Westport will be honored at the Lyme Research Alliance and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance's annual “Time for Lyme” Gala this weekend for her work to fight the malady.
Green will receive the Star Light Award, created to honor individuals who have lent their voices to the fight against Lyme disease. Like many Lyme patients, Green struggled for more than two years before she was properly diagnosed with the tick-borne illness.
The gala will be held Saturday, April 11, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich. This year’s event will also celebrate the merger of LRA and TBDA.
Fox personality Gretchen Carlson, anchor and host of the Fox News program “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson,” will again serve as mistress of ceremonies. Carlson, a Greenwich resident, has been personally affected by Lyme disease.
The evening’s honorees also include Dr. John N. Aucott, past president and founder of the Lyme Disease Research Foundation in Lutherville, Md. A renowned scientist, Aucott will receive the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award, which honors those who are making strides in research and treatment in the pursuit of a Lyme disease cure.
Honorary Event Chairs supporting this year’s Gala include Jane Alexander, Andy Cohen, Elena Delle Donne, Donna deVarona, Dr. Bill Evans, Debbie Gibson, Ally Hilfiger, Joanna Kerns, Karen Peetz, Tom Seaver, Amy Tan, Heather Thomson and Bobby Valentine.
The black-tie optional event has become known for its spirited auction to help the “Fund a Cure” initiative.
The silent auction is also online for those who cannot attend at ibidmobile.net/lyme/auction with an incredible array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, vacation packages and luxurious gifts. Among the items are a two-week stay in a WIMCO Villas two-bedroom suite in St. Barths, two tickets to the celebrated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and more.
“The funds we raise during the Gala are critical,” said gala co-chair Amy Marisa Balducci. “They allow us to fund the scientists working on cutting-edge research to develop a reliable diagnostic test and, ultimately, find a cure for this terrible disease."
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