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Posted by: The Sumaira Foundation in News & Announcements

On March 24, 2018, The Sumaira Foundation for NMO hosted its 3rd Annual NMO Awareness Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston.


15% increase in ticket sales = 15% increase in awareness

$37K+ raised, a 57% increase from 2017

50+ donors, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who contributed to our collective impact

Proceeds are being donated to

-NMO Global Atlas, a document that will allow for better advocacy to major international stakeholders so that health professionals can improve the lives of people with NMO, no matter where they live! (collaboration with Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD, neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital)

Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where a group of neurologists are working on a study to use Immune Tolerance to prevent NMO attacks, and retrain the immune system to no longer attack the brain and spinal cord.

Click here for our official event recap video


Opening Speech | Melissa Herman, TSF Chief Communications Officer

Keynote Speech | Sumaira Ahmed, TSF Founder / Executive Director

Guest of Honor Speech | Dr. Michael Levy, NMO specialist and neurologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine

We deeply appreciate your belief in our mission and continue to be inspired by the collective action across the community.

There is no limit to the positive impact we can accomplish together! From all of us here at The Sumaira Foundation for NMO, we look forward to continuing the relationship and celebrating your success.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can make an introduction to any fellow Gala ’18 rockstars:

Corporate Sponsors:

GOLD | Boston Laser / Boston Eye Group

SILVER | Partners HealthcareLaRosa & Bille, PC, John Quinn

BRONZE | Mancuso-Nowak, SAKA Water

Raffle and Auction Donors:

Abeo MedSpa, Alice + Olivia (Newbury Street), Anna O’Hara, Barre Groove, Bastille Kitchen, Beaucage Salon and Spa, Bernard’s, Boston Laser / Boston Eye Group,

Cafeteria BostonCenter Aisle Tickets, Committee, David YurmanDiane von Furstenberg (Newbury Street), Eastern Standard, Estee Lauder,

Florentine Cafe, Fuji at Kendall, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Landmark Theaters, Mandarin Oriental, Pier 6, PublicoPuma,

ROW 34Sarah Hinchey PhotographySerafinaStrega WaterfrontTesla Motors

 Special thanks to: 

CUISINE | Chef Dan Burger at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

DESSERT | Karen Main at Ooh Mow Mow Sweet Treats


EVENT MANAGERS | Alia Al-Chalabi and Eva Rondon

HENNA | Madhu Narayan and Abby Burke

PHOTOGRAPHY (click to view image galleries) | Studio B Photography, Osakpolo Igiede, UFR Photography

SET DESIGN | Sabrina Ahmed, Kadeema Rentals, JNG Event Consulting

VENUE | Tim Curry and Bree Warren at Mandarin Oriental, Boston


VOLUNTEERS | Elliot Tobin, Gianna Bellomo, Megan Williams, Nicole Chaftel, Ria Varadhan

4th NMO Awareness Gala

Mark your calendars for our 4th Annual NMO Awareness Gala on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

If you’d like to be involved in or attend our future events, please email [email protected]

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