The Guardian Brain Foundation celebrated its eighth annual Butterfly Ball at the Carltun last month.
This year the foundation honored Kay Murcer and the memory of Yankee player Bobby Murcer. Kay has been the wife and partner of Bobby Murcer for 42 years. Bobby played in pinstripes for 13 seasons and has remained a mmber of the organization as management, coach and broadcaster for 25 years.
The evening began with R.J. Lewis greeting everyone on stilts in pinstripes, and who then sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
Robin Tirsun welcomed everyone with a heartwarming speech, thanking The Guardian Brain Foundation for its support in helping her daughter Danielle, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Mary Pallotta, founder and president of the Guardian Brain Foundation, thanked the many sponsors, especially the New York Yankees, and their continued supporters and volunteers, for their dedication. Ira Kaufman, a foundation board member, then gave a champagne toast and explained the importance of support services when diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is an 11-year survivor.
"It was an elegant evening with fine food, a Chinese auction with over 60 items and great people who make a difference in this fragile world. There was the fabulous DJ Bill, Wendy the pipe cleaner lady who created things with her crafts, and Michael from Milometer Photography, all who volunteered their time," said Ms. Pallotta.
Awards were given to the Golden Guardians Tina Dupuis from Salon T for raising over $12,445; and to Robin Tirsun Chinese Auction for raising over $15,103, including Danielle creating bracelets.
Kathy Brunelle has brought our "Butterfly Kisses and get well wishes" all the way to Florida, and has started raising hundreds of dollars for TGBF.
"We are proud of the steady growth of The Guardian Brain Foundation. Not many organizations can say they are volunteers for eight years. We believe in the quality of life and sharing compassion. We provide direct support to children and adults with injuries and tumors of the brain," said Ms. Pallotta.
"We look forward o embracing all the hard work and dedication the next year will bring. We celebrate life and good people who truly make a difference!"
Visit www.guardianbrain.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to donate what you can. Or call 631-271-3293, or write The Guardian Brain Foundation, PO Box 1216, Bellmore 11710.