2007 Night for the Fight

175+ Young Professionals Party to Support Lupus Fight

Celebrating Lupus Awareness Month in style, the Young Professionals Committee of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation hosted its third annual fundraiser on October 11th at PM Lounge in Manhattan’s fashionable Meatpacking District.

Young professionals with lupus, their friends, family members and supporters raised $25,000, lifting their voices (and their glasses!) to support the fight against a disease that devastates the lives of more than 1.5 million Americans and millions more worldwide.

Committee member, Annie Ravitz, spoke poignantly to the crowd about the challenges she has faced with lupus, and the importance of raising awareness. “My hope is that you leave here tonight and talk to five people you know about lupus, and that they then talk to five people they know about lupus, and on and on, so that we can make lupus a topic on everyone’s minds!”

Foundation Board Member Heidi Fiske thanked everyone for the amazing turn out and stressed the importance of the generation represented at the party—young professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s—taking the reigns and engaging in the fight against lupus.

A surprise auction of Major League Baseball playoff tickets added buzz to the evening, as did a raffle of more than 30 items donated by Gucci, Bliss, Diane Von Furstenberg, HBO, DKNY, Anthony for Men, and other designers and companies.

Guests left with swag bags (valued at more than $75) containing, among other items, The Mere Mortal’s Guide to Fine Dining, ESPN Magazine, and gifts from Ben Sherman, Redken, Philosophy, Carol’s Daughter, Laura Mercier, and Hollywood Fashion Tape.

Thanks to all the committee members, and to everyone who attended. We hope to see you again next year!