Greenwich, CT – The stars came out Saturday as four-time Oscar nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Jane Alexander, TV personality Gretchen Carlson, and former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine gathered at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich for Lyme Research Alliance’s “Time for Lyme” Gala.
They were joined at the Gala, the signature annual event for LRA, the nation’s largest nonprofit funder of university-level research into Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, First Selectman of Greenwich Peter Tesei, prominent business leaders and high-impact philanthropists. Film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard wrote a special message about his experience with Lyme disease which was printed in the evening’s program.
“It was an absolutely wonderful evening,” said Debbie Siciliano, LRA co-founder and co-president. “We are so grateful to those who made our Gala such a spectacular success, particularly our special guests and the many supporters of LRA whose dedication to advancing Lyme disease research is extraordinary.” The event was attended by about 400 people and raised over $1 million to support LRA’s efforts to fund urgently needed medical research.
The event was emceed by Fox News Channel personality Carlson. In her heartwarming opening comments, the Greenwich resident talked about her experience with Lyme, including the lack of a reliable diagnostic test. “I had a bulls-eye rash, but I was told I didn’t have Lyme disease,” she said.
Honored at the event was Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky basketball superstar, who received LRA’s Star Light Award for stepping forward as a role model for young people struggling with Lyme disease and raising awareness. Delle Donne, the WNBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, was loudly applauded when she said she believes Lyme disease “found me for a purpose,” alluding to the good she has subsequently been able to do for those afflicted.
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