There are a few organizations that are near and dear to my heart and the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation is one of them. Mary Claire was a sorority sister of mine at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2008, Mary Claire passed away just four days after her diagnosis from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. The foundation was started by her amazing family and group of friends to honor MC's spirit and promote research for AML. On November 20th, The Mary Claire Satterly Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Fall Gala & Silent Auction to directly fund one of the country’s most promising pediatric AML research scientists, Dr. Phoenix Ho. At the Meshinchi Lab, a part of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Ho spends every day researching a cure for pediatric AML leukemia. Worldwide, this lab is one of the single most prominent facilities doing research on pediatric AML biology.
After a one-year hiatus (last year’s event was held in Mary Claire’s home state of North Carolina), the much-anticipated event returned to New York and the Museum of the City of New York, which once again served as the magical backdrop for this winter wonderland themed celebration. This year’s event grew beyond the confines of the museum walls and with a large-scale tent erected on the veranda for a spirited evening that included cocktails, hors devours, gift bags, silent auction and music by the Lee Olive Ensemble all under the stars. Select galleries were available for viewing, including the critically acclaimed fashion exhibit: ‘Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style.’