When I think of the soul of a child that has died, I picture a butterfly so beautiful and brave.
“I want to remind all those people that don’t believe in vaccinations, that being an American means that we have a choice. If all those moms and dads, that lost their children, had known that there was an vaccination available, to save their children, they would have chosen to vaccinate. I want to thank everyone that has donated, and will donate their time, money and support in order to save lives in the future.” Errol Rappaport
On Monday, March 27, 2017, the National Meningitis Association (NMA) hosted an invite-only celebration at the stunning Lovage Rooftop Lounge and Magnolia Restaurant (350 West 40th Street) from 5-7pm. This exclusive event started the countdown to NMA’s “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala on Monday, May 8, 2017.
This year’s Gala honors “Hall of Fame” hockey player and NY Ranger Legend Rod Gilbert, along with Francesca Testa, Kayla St. Pierre, Dr. Amy Middleman, and the McKenzie Meningitis Foundation. The event will take place at NYC’s ESPACE (635 West 42nd Street).
This event will toast this year’s honorees and offer support to the 2017 NMA “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala chairs Lenore Cooney, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Errol Rappaport, and Gary Springer and Honorary Event Chairs are Ambassador and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. and Honorary Event Committee includes fashion icon Iris Apfel, Heather Randall, Liv Ullman and Donald Saunders, and Nick Springer
“I want to thank Ric Addison, CEO of the Addison Group for their gracious hospitality for underwriting this event at Addison’s brand new “Lovage Rooftop Lounge” and Magnolia Restaurant. Since our first Gala was held 9 years ago, the Broadway and Sports communities have always been very supportive by generously donating time and money. This event is as much a thank you to them, as it is a rally towards Saving Lives in the future.” Event Chair, Errol Rappaport
The National Meningitis Association works to protect families from the devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and vaccines available to prevent it.
NMA was formed in 2002 by parents whose children died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease. Like many families, NMA’s founders were unaware that meningococcal vaccination could have prevented their anguish. Since NMA was founded, great strides have been made. NMA has supported the creation of broad recommendations for meningococcal vaccines to protect preteens and teens, worked to advocate for state vaccination requirements and helped increase awareness and vaccine uptake. The organization also provides emotional support for individuals and families who have been affected by meningococcal disease.
To accomplish its goals, NMA develops programs and resources that reach audiences on national and grassroots levels. Parents, disease survivors and other family members help carry out NMA’s mission by conducting community awareness activities across the country through two key programs: Moms on Meningitis (M.O.M.s) and Together Educating About Meningitis (T.E.A.M.). For disease and prevention information, downloadable resources and personal stories from M.O.M.s and T.E.A.M. members, please visit WWW.NMAUS.ORG.
In order to purchase tickets for the “Give Kids A Shot!” Gala Celebration at ESPACE, Monday, May 8 at 6:30, please contact Heather Prochorchik via Heatherprochorchik@bellevents.
Lovage has 4,000 square feet with 17-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof, Lovage is truly a sight to behold. The sights are at a 360-degree views with the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Freedom Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, and more on display. This space can host 20 to 300 guests. I’m thinking the next Broadway opening or Tony party should start booking now.