Anna’s Angels Gala To Raise Money for Duke Children’s

Anna’s Angels Gala To Raise Money for Duke Children’s

Join the nonprofit for an evening of dinner, dancing and auctions to benefit Down syndrome research

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Guests at the Anna’s Angels Gala in 2016. Photo by Charity Starchenko

The 14th Annual Anna’s Angels Gala will be held Saturday, March 25, at Prestonwood Country Club. The elegant evening will benefit Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital. Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and a keynote address by Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe. The 2013 National Coach of the Year and mentor to Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning will share words of wisdom and inspiration.

Coach David Cutcliffe

In 2002, Andrew Merrills and Michelle Pfeiffer’s daughter Anna was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a cancer for which she was at higher risk as a child with Down syndrome. Throughout her treatment and recovery, Anna’s parents discovered that very little is known about the link between Down syndrome and AML. In 2003, they founded Anna’s Angels in an effort to raise money for Down syndrome research, an endeavor which simultaneously advances knowledge about diseases prevalent among the general population.

“We are proud to have raised over $1.4 million to-date, and continue to break barriers in the Down syndrome community,” Michelle says. While expanding knowledge about diseases, the foundation aims “to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.”

The evening will also feature guest speaker Megan Bomgaars of A&E’s television series “Born This Way.” After sharing her video “Don’t Limit Me” online, Megan has gained national notoriety for her perspective on inclusiveness and encouragement. Her story is one not to be missed.

Tickets are still available for the gala. Click here to purchase yours.