5th Annual Purple Passion Gala to End Lupus

almost 4 years ago the Auction (Dec 7, 2013 11:30 AM)


We would love for you to attend our

5th Annual Purple Passion Gala to End Lupus!

December 7, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Park Hyatt Washington

1201 24th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037

Proceeds from our gala benefit the Chapter’s Award Winning Patient Navigation Program that supports our mission of providing education, support, and resources to the over 80,000 individuals living with lupus in our service area.  LFA-DMV’s Patient Navigation Program facilitates earlier diagnosis, assists with navigating an ever changing healthcare system, and leads to healthier and empowered patients. The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter is an innovative leader for pioneering this program. 

Tickets and Table sponsorships are also available here.

Our Lupus Hero Award is presented annually to individuals who enhance the lives of lupus patients and the lupus community.

This year's honorees are Dr. David Stump and Dr. William Freimuth.  They are being recognized for their remarkable breakthrough for rheumatologists treating lupus and for lupus patients who finally have a medication specifically targeting their immunoregulatory disturbances.

By selecting David and Bill for this Award, we are celebrating the power of research, and their determination to overcome the barriers that have impeded progress for decades in the fight against lupus.  They took important first steps in solving “the cruel mystery” of this disease.  It is particularly fitting that this award will be celebrated with the doctors who have been so involved in the daily challenges of treating lupus, to find hope and answers for those living with this disease.   

We are pleased to announce that our 2013 Pamela B. Greenberg Volunteer of the Year Award recipient is Marguerete Luter.  Marguerete currently serves on the LFA –DMV Board and is Immediate Past Chair.  Over her 6+ years on the LFA-DMV Board of Directors,  Marguerete worked tirelessly to ensure the growth and sustainability of the organization.  Her passion to help members of the local lupus community is evident through her attendance and participation at the Chapter’s Educational Lupus Summits and Walk to End Lupus Now events.  Marguerete has been an instrumental asset to the planning of our Annual Gala and Luncheon and offers valuable insight that ensures the Chapter’s strategic vision is achieved.                                                                                                                                         

We are currently accepting items for our live and silent auctions.  Information on donating an item can be found here.

Parking and Transportation

The Park Hyatt is accessible via Foggy Bottom metro (Orange/Blue lines).

There are also a variety of parking options at or near the hotel.  Cars may park along any of the adjacent streets, although MANY parking meters are enforced until 10pm on Saturdays.  

We have secured parking spaces at the PMI garage; located at 2300 M Street, NW; just one block from the Park Hyatt.  The garage entrance is located on 24th St, between L St and M St, NW.  The self-park option is $9/car and is a short walk to the hotel.  Upon check-in, you will receive a stamp for your parking pass which will entitle you to the discounted rate for all Lupus Gala guests.

For those wishing to park at the hotel, the only option is to park with a valet outside the front entrance.  The cost for valet service is $15/car.  Passionate Sponsors will receive one complimentary valet parking ticket.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a special block of rooms at the Park Hyatt DC for our attendees that would like to spend Friday or Saturday night in downtown Washington, DC.  Prices start at the special rate of $179/night.  Please click HERE to make your reservation today.  For additional assistance, contact 888-421-1442 and let them know you are attending the Lupus Event at the hotel.


Patient Navigation Sponsors
Chmura Economics & Analytics
Liz and Justin Murphy

Purple Passion Table Sponsors
Carla & Ted Davies
ECG, Inc.
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
Susan Bateson and Stephen Fuller
Merrill Lynch: The Axley Group
The Process Pro, LLC
Ann L. Wang
H. Thomas Watkins
Washington Hospital Center, Rheumatology Division

Passionate Sponsors
Caroline N. Decker
Gregory Dennis
Epstein Becker Green
Penelope C. Fletcher
Ram Gnanadesikan
Phyllis Love
Daniel Maffey
Jerry Parrott
Michael Smith
Michelle Sun Smith
Lorraine Thelian
Donald Thomas, M.D., FACP, FACR
Sarah Thomas

Lupus Hero Sponsors
Susan Bateson and Stephen Fuller
Sally Bolmer
John Bowden
Richard J. Danzig
James Davis
Kate De Santis
Donna Dimke
Norma Lynn Fox
Mary Frank
Leslie Hale

Argeris N. Karabelas
John L. LaMattina
Araba Lamouse-Smith
Kevin McRaith
Meeting Protocol Worldwide
Dan Odenheimer
Craig Parker
Brian Oscar Porter, M.D, PhD, MPH
Beth Rubinstein, M.D., MPH, FACP
Thomas Spitznagel
Donald Thomas, M.D.
Pierre Verroye
Ann L. Wang