While the pandemic made it impossible for the LRA to hold in person fundraising events, we still achieved great success thanks to the determination of our supporters to fund crucial lupus research.
Likewise, our “virtual gala” – bolstered by superstars like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez – raised an astounding $3.3 million and was attended by thousands around the world! Broadway star Norm Lewis; host of NBC’s Sunday Today and Co-Host of Morning Joe Willie Geist; broadcaster Brenda Blackmon; Former NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ; and Super Bowl Champion Willie Colon also greatly contributed to the evening’s festivities.
We are grateful to LRA Board member and lupus advocate, Molly McCabe, for hosting our first-ever virtual Pour for A Cure- Taste Wine and Fight Lupus event on December 3rd in support of our 2020 virtual gala. The Lupus Research Alliance, in partnership with Handwritten Wines of Yountville, California, gathered supporters together for an intimate and educational virtual wine tasting experience. Participants had the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with expert Handwritten Wines Sommelier Ellen Brown, as well as take a Virtual Tour of the Tasting Room while sampling Handwritten Wines.
This event was so well-received, the LRA will be hosting another wine tasting early in 2021. For more information, please email: PourForACure@lupusresearch.org
At our one outdoor event this fall, supporters masked up for the fifth annual Willie Colon Charity Golf Outing crafted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka held in honor of Willie Colon’s mom, Jean Davis, who had recently passed away.
Our signature Walk with Us to Cure Lupus virtual event raised more than $1 “Walkers” tuned in from home to a virtual stadium where they united, viewed a dynamic presentation and enjoyed activities. The event was presented by GSK.