FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jett Foundation Celebrates 16 Years Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness At Second Annual Gala
Paul Wahlberg and Candy O’Terry to be Honored
Plymouth, Mass. – Jan. 12, 2018 – Jett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to awareness and helping fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, will host their second annual Shine a Light on Duchenne Gala at the State Room in Boston on Thursday, Jan. 25. Duchenne is the most common lethal genetic disorder of children worldwide. It is a progressive, life-shortening neuromuscular disease that causes the loss of muscle function and independence.
The evening will have an awards ceremony and live auction emceed by Liz Brunner, Lenny Clarke, and Johnny Pizzi. Honored guests include Candy O’Terry, president and co-founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment and Paul Wahlberg, executive chef and co-owner of Wahlburgers and Alma Nove. Bill Brett, award-winning Boston photographer, will also take the stage presenting his namesake award to Wahlberg. Major sponsors include Yale Appliance and Lighting, cm&b, and Sarepta Therapeutics.
Last year’s gala raised over $100,000 for the foundation’s Jett Giving Fund, an initiative that helps alleviate the financial hardship families affected by Duchenne face. Through the fund, the foundation has been able to help numerous families across the country purchase life-improving equipment such as accessible vans, power chairs, rotating beds, and stair lifts.
“Families dealing with Duchenne are living a costly nightmare,” said founder and executive director of Jett Foundation Christine McSherry. “This night is for them! We come together to help their fight by honoring our biggest supporters.”
Over the past 16 years, Jett Foundation has raised nearly $20 million towards Duchenne research, provided education and direct service programs to patients and families, and advocated for policies that expedite drug development. To learn more about Duchenne or to get involved with the foundation, visit jettfoundation.org.
About Jett Foundation
Since 2001, Jett Foundation, located in Plymouth, Mass., has worked to find treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy while improving and enriching the lives of those impacted. Jett Foundation is a registered charity with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS; all donations are tax deductible. www.jettfoundation.org.
Contact for Jett Foundation: Gabriella Diniz