Lupus Butterfly Gala

Dr. Regina Benjamin, US Surgeon General & Sandra Raymond, President & CEO, LFA

Think that people who tirelessly work to combat lupus are too wiped out to paint the town purple for a cause?  Think again.  Tuesday night, the Mellon Auditorium was bathed in lavender lights, flowing white curtains, and a fanciful ceiling of projected butterflies, courtesy of the Lupus Foundation of America.  Luminaries were in attendance from sports, business, politics, journalism, public health advocacy, and medical research.

H. Thomas Watkins, Chairman of Bio Board of Directors & Pamela
Said LFA President and CEO Sandra Raymond of the complex autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to body organs and affects more than 1.5 million Americans,  “Only through a robust public and private medical research effort supported by an aware and motivated public will lupus be brought under control . . .

2011 Runner-Up on X-Factor Josh Krajcik & Mom Lisa Pim

this is our mission, this is our passion.”

A main attraction of the evening, Musician Josh Krajcik (runner-up on X-Factor), held the crowd spellbound as he performed Joe Cocker-esque versions of “At Last” and “Wild Horses.”  Attending with his lively mother, a 20+ year lupus patient,  he admitted there was an upside to her illness — lovely skin. “She’s beautiful because of lupus.  She stayed out of the sun all these years.”

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