Photograph Nashville was honored to provide event photography of the 2014 Royal Gala Fundraiser for THBDF
Loveless Barn was again the beautiful backdrop to the Fifteenth Annual Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation’s Royal Gala. On Friday, September 5th, many caring sponsors donated their time, products and money to benefit THBDF and their efforts.
The Royal Gala began in 2000 through the dedication of Catherine van Eys. The title for the gala came from the prevalence of hemophilia in Russian, Spanish and Prussian Royalty. This begot the once-used term “the royal disease.” Hence, the Royal Gala was started to raise funds so that the THBDF may continue to promote research, education and awareness of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
Big Band music set the atmosphere for both a silent and live auction including incredible treasures and much wine. Seriously, there was a lot of wine. But who doesn’t enjoy a good wine? So, auctioning off wine for a great cause is a wine-win! (See what I did there?)
The Big Stick, a sacred symbol of freedom for children with hemophilia, was auctioned off to raise money for Camp Freedom. The Royal Jewels, a 3-stone, 1/2 Carat Diamond Necklace, were auctioned as a finale. Some donors and volunteers are listed below.
This event also acknowledged the Victoria’s Cup Award recipient for, “distinguished service and support” to the THBDF. This year’s honoree is Ms. Mavis Harrop.
The trials and difficulties families face when a loved one has hemophilia are numerous and affect all aspects of life. I lost my cousin to HIV from a tainted blood transfusion back when so little was known about living with hemophilia.
Even today, as illustrated by a very personal story shared on stage by Suzie Harlan, some of the top hospitals still struggle with identifying and treating this rare but potentially deadly disorder.
It’s thanks to the efforts of foundations like THBDF that children and adults can live a more normal life under better medical knowledge and patient education.
Some of the donors and volunteers include:
Master of Ceremonies Mr. Dave Nichols
Auctioneer Mr. Joey Seals
Piano by Mr. John Jarratt
Floral Arrangements by Flower Express
Royal Jewels by Barry Jewelers and Mr. Mark Osborne
Wine Donation by Rex Goliath Wine and Lipman Brothers
Invitation Design by Mr. Jeff Moore
Music and Entertainment by The Jazz Alliance
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