November 5, 2005: Hundreds of PRF supporters Celebrated the Science!

November 5, 2005: Hundreds of PRF supporters Celebrated the Science!


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with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chip Foose, the Nighbors, and Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen

Celebrate the Sciences

Led by co-chairs Debbie Ponn and Kim Paratore, it was an incredible night of celebration as 400 people were dazzled by colorful beakers filled with "science stuff", gourmet food, glowing drinks like the "Lamin-A elixir", hundreds of auction items, dancing, moving speeches and images of children with Progeria. The Progeria Research Foundation's 2005 Night of Wonder fundraising benefit was held at the beautiful new Boston Convention Center, with this year's theme of "Celebrate the Science!", to toast the tremendous scientific accomplishments of PRF and the exciting future of developing treatments and the cure, made possible in large part by the money raised from Night of Wonder events. Dr. Gupta, and Mary & Ted joined us via videotaped messages to pledge their support to PRF's efforts.

  Many of the scientists that participated in the workshop also came to the gala and were asked to stand up or raise their hands to identify themselves. They were greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd, to thank them for the work they are doing. "We raise this money so you can continue your work to find a cure for children with Progeria", said PRF Executive Director Audrey Gordon. Pictured to the right is Drs. Francis Collins and Michael Erdos

World-famous CNN senior medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is our honorary chairperson. Dr. Gupta was one of the first reporters to cover the historic Progeria gene finding in April 2003, and is senior medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, plays an integral role in the network's medical coverage - a perfect fit for PRF's research goals and our gala science theme!

Chip Foose

We also honored Chip Foose ,the star of TLC's hit show Overhaulin', with PRF's new Amy Award, named after Chip's sister who had Progeria and inspired all those around her with her upbeat personality and embracing of life.

A surprise second Amy Award was then presented to co-chair Kim Paratore, who has chaired all three galas and has been a tireless supporter of PRF since its inception.  

Don Johnson from Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Foundation enjoys the evening's festivities with Scott Berns and Audrey Gordon

Sandy and Steve Nighbor and hundreds of others are ready to bid on the live auction items. 

Several friends and member of the Foose family came from California to attend the gala, along with the Moore's from Oklahoma

Audrey Sam Scott
PRF’s Chairman of the Board Scott Berns, son Sam and wife (PRF Medical Director) Dr. Leslie Gordon enjoy the VIP recpetion just before the gala’s main event.

Co-chairs Kim Paratore and Debbie Ponn are all smiles at the evening’s phenomenal success
Mad Scientist
Guests were greeted by the "mad scientist"; all volunteers wore lab coats donated by various companies, including Wyeth, Preventiongenetics, Genzyme and Rutgers University Cell & DNA Repository.

After a moving speech by Ambassador Family parents Steve and Sandy Nighbor, dozens pledged support of the Circle of Hope campaign

Pricewaterhouse Coopers guests The MacWilliams (left) and Dinkels (center) with PRF Executive Director Audrey Gordon and husband Rich.
All photos courtesy of John Hurley

Thank you to our WONDER-fully generous sponsors:

Inventor Level: 

Harvey Industries Logo

Senior Scientist Level:

Junior Scientist Level:

  • The Karen A. Martin Memorial Fund
  • Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns
  • Elliott & Marjorie Hillback Foundation
  • Therese & Kurt Melden
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Red Sox

Lab Technician Level:

  • Lew and Alice Berns
  • Jim & Lee Neighbors
  • The Flynn Family
  • Burt & Barbara Gordon
  • The Elovitz Family
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