Thursday, December 1, 2011
Dear Friends, Family, Sponsors and Donors,
The Kate Foundation for Rett Syndrome Research is proud to announce the September 10, 2011 Kate Foundation Gala raised $150,000 in funding for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, including friends, family, neighbors, corporate sponsors, local businesses and volunteers.
Hurricane Irene hit the Connecticut shoreline two weeks before the event. We were without power, phones or cell service for one of the two weeks leading up to the Gala, so we needed some extra support. We were humbled by the selflessness of friends and strangers who pitched in to help make the event such a success. Neighbors we had never met showed up on the morning of the Gala to set up tables because they’d heard we needed additional help.
After a week of shifting weather forecasts, over 420 guests arrived and enjoyed a magnificent evening of warm ocean breezes, fine dining and spectacular jazz music. A gallery of Gala photos is available for viewing on our website at www.katefoundation.org.
We are grateful to everyone who attended and participated, including those who could not attend but contributed generously. We believe the day will come when Kate and all other children with Rett syndrome will realize a reversal of their symptoms through the promising research your donations are supporting. When that day comes, you will have been a large part of this success and we are deeply grateful.
Jeff, Sarah and Kate Canavan
and the 2011 Kate Foundation Gala Committee