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“A Night to Fight NF” Benefit in New York City Raises over $900K for NF Research

By October 30, 2016February 27th, 2024Special Events

Honorees include James and Laurée Moffett, Corinne Moffett and Tena Rosser, MD

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the NF community returned to Cipriani Wall Street for the Foundation’s New York Gala. This year’s theme was “A Night to Fight NF.”

CBS News Medical Correspondent, Dr. Max Gomez, served as emcee.

This year, the Children’s Humanitarian Award, CTF’s highest honor, was given to Jim Bob and Laurée Moffett. Noted civic leaders and philanthropists, their generous $2.5 million dollar matching gift funds Synodos for NF1, a unique consortium that brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists from world-class labs at academic and medical centers. These scientists have pledged to work together and share unpublished information, datasets, and results, thereby accelerating the drug development process.

Each year at the Gala, the Foundation recognizes a young person living with NF. The CTF Ambassador is selected for their courage and their personal efforts to further Foundation goals of NF research, public awareness and patient support.

Below, from left to right, 2014 Ambassador Baily Gribben, 2015 Ambassador Jeffrey Owen Hanson, and 2016 Ambassador Corinne Moffett.

Tena Rosser, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), was awarded the medical Children’s Humanitarian Award for her contributions in clinical patient care and commitment to supporting NF patients and their families.

Philanthropic artist and NF Hero Jeffrey Owen Hanson donated another original piece of art to be auctioned off during the live auction.

Jets kicker Nick Folk stepped off the field to join us!

Researchers gathered before the Gala to share announce the launch of Synodos for NF1, the interdisciplinary consortia funded by the Moffett family.

Thank you all for helping us raise over $900,000 for NF research!