AARDA’s annual spring benefit began 19 years ago as a Victorian Tea. Since that time, the event has morphed into a Roaring 20s-themed party; a murder mystery adventure; a Derby Luncheon; a Return to Downton fantasy; and perhaps the most mission-focused theme of all – last year’s “Bound by a Common Thread” (BBCT) benefit. This year, AARDA will continue this theme on Saturday, May 11, at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC).
Highlighting the event will be a “Fast Fashion” fashion show featuring the work of students in the Wayne State University Fashion Design & Merchandising program, and the presentation of the AARDA Champion Award to race car driver Kyle Marcelli, winner of the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and a brand ambassador for AARDA. Kyle will be honored for driving autoimmune awareness to new heights last year as he crossed the finish line with the AARDA logo on his car – a winner! Returning as emcee will be WDIV Style Editor Jon Jordan, a Detroit style icon.
BBCT at the DAC also will include a V.I.P reception with our honoree, a silent auction, and Photo Booth fun! Our goals are to raise program funding, highlight the common thread of autoimmunity that binds all autoimmune patients together; and underscore the need for improved patient care, including faster diagnoses and treatment.
Joining AARDA staff on the event planning committee are Ebony Dooley, Erica Copeland, Tracy Holloway, and Carrie Ryckman – a group of dynamic and very talented volunteers .
For a silent auction preview or to purchase tickets, visit aardabbct2.eventbrite.com. Early Bird Tickets are available through March 31. Ticket prices will increase a bit after that.