SAN DIEGO– (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will sponsor Huntington Disease Society of America — San Diego’s Celebration of Hope Gala.
The gala is the organization’s signature event, raising awareness and funds as it gives hope to the families suffering from the horrific disease. Huntington’s disease is a devastating, genetically caused brain disorder that causes brain cells to die and systematically robs people of their ability to walk, talk, eat and think. Eventually, the person with the disease becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care.
Viejas Tribal Chairman Anthony R. Pico said, “We are very proud of our Band’s ongoing support of HDSA-San Diego and the Gala. HD is a debilitating disease and we share the commitment to research, treatment and support for patients and families impacted by HD. We call on the entire community to join Viejas in this mission.”
“This is HDSA-San Diego’s 11th annual Celebration of Hope Gala and quite possibly going to be the biggest yet,” said Bill Johnston, HDSA-San Diego board member. “We are confident that, through the support of San Diegans and groups like the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, we will soon be able to put an end to Huntington’s disease.”
The event is also an opportunity to honor San Diego community leaders, philanthropists, and distinguished individuals involved in the fight against the disease. At this year’s gala, supporters will have a rare opportunity to dive into America’s Game with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN’s Chris Berman, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, and Michael Irvin.
The event also features one of Southern California’s largest silent and live auctions with items ranging from rare sports memorabilia, vacation packages and more.
For more information on the 2011 Celebration of Hope Gala, visit www.hdsasandiego.org or call (619) 225-2255.