The Carroll Family Foundation Team Up With the Carlos Jockisch PSC Foundation to Raise Over $200K for Liver Disease Research .
Atlanta, GA. 19 April 2016 – In efforts to bring awareness towards Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) – a rare form of liver disease, the Carroll Family Foundation & the Carlos Jockisch PSC Foundation teamed up to host their 2nd annual ‘Believe Benefit Dinner’ in Atlanta. Held at the prestige Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead, this event kicked off 2016 in full gear, raising over $200,000 towards the Mayo Clinic Rochester PSC research. Top athletes, philanthropists and healthcare, business and finance professionals were exclusively invited to purchase donation tickets to attend this fundraising dinner and auction.
Upon entry, guests were welcomed with complimentary wine and given their assigned seating for the dinner and auction portion. Guests mixed, mingled and networked for the beginning portion of the event while indulging in passed hors d’oeuvres including mini lamb lollipops, chicken tacos, and more. Once all of the dinner guests arrived, they were welcomed by PSC liver disease advocate, DeMarre Carroll of the Carroll Family Foundation and PSC survivor, Nicole Jockisch, of the Carlos Jockisch PSC Foundation. Nicole and DeMarre thanked their guests and opened the floor to share the importance of raising funds for this rare cause. The six-course dinner, by renowned guest chef, Pano Karatassos, soon began to be served; including a Maine lobster salad, wild Oregon mushroom risotto, herb crusted Charleston flounder, Japanese Miyazaki A1 Kobe Filet and finishing off with a key lime tart and chocolate mousse cake.
Throughout the dinner a lively auctioneer opened the room for bidding on hot gift packages including all expense paid trips to Miami, a personally autographed Garth Brooks guitar and more. Special invited guests from DeMarre Carroll’s previous and current NBA teams, the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, attended, donating seven autographed jerseys to be auctioned off to one lucky high bidder of $8,000. “We are very humbled and grateful for all of the support we received from the Believe Benefit Dinner,” Carroll Family Foundation Executive Director, Iesha Carroll, states “Raising over $200,000 was well beyond our goals and we can only begin to imagine the amount of resources, tools, doctors, etc. our donation can cover towards finding a cure for PSC. Thank you again to our supporters, and please continue to join our journey as we fight for a cure for this rare disease.”
Notable guests in attendance: Toronto Raptors – DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Cory Joseph, Luis Scola, Assistant Coach Rex Kalamian, Assistant Coach Nick Nurse, Atlanta Hawks – Mike Scott, Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefalosha, Mayo Clinic Rochester representative – Dr. Sumera Rizvi.
About Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
PSC is a disease of the bile ducts, which carry the digestive liquid bile from your liver to your small intestine. In primary sclerosing cholangitis, inflammation causes scars within the bile ducts. These scars make the ducts hard and narrow and gradually cause serious liver damage. In most people with primary sclerosing cholangitis, the disease progresses slowly and can lead to liver failure, repeated infections, and tumors of the bile duct or liver. Liver transplant is the only known cure for primary sclerosing cholangitis. The search for other treatments to slow or stop primary sclerosing cholangitis is ongoing, and scientists have turned up many promising leads. Until better treatments are proved safe and effective, though, care for primary sclerosing cholangitis focuses on monitoring liver function, managing symptoms and, when possible, doing procedures that temporarily open blocked bile ducts.
About the Carroll Family Foundation
The Carroll Family Foundation (CFF) is a non-profit organization founded by NBA player and liver disease awareness advocate, DeMarre Carroll, focusing on educating and raising funds towards developing enhanced preventives, diagnostic services and treatments for adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease or disorders. CFF’s lives by the motto – ‘We Believe’; informing our youth that we, CFF, believe in your future to live a fulfilling, sustainable life with Liver Disease or disorder. CFF wants everyone to feel confident that we are here to help, constantly sending the message to let survivors and fighters know that you are not alone in this journey. CFF’s family support services will focus on providing meet up groups, social gatherings and more. CFF will ensure that Pediatric Liver Disease and disorders are recognized, acknowledged, prevented and treated by providing educational and developmental resources, and family support services to those affected
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