When deciding on a location for its second-annual fall fundraiser, a Richmond-based organization that fights spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) zeroed in on the new Boathouse at Rocketts Landing (4708 E. Old Main St., 622-2628), overlooking the James River. "The water was a big part of why we chose it," says Caroline Gibson of Fight SMA/Andrew's Buddies. "We wanted to reflect on how far we've come."
On Nov. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Boathouse while dancing to live music. The event, which includes a silent auction, is open to anyone 21 and older. Organizers hope to raise $5,000 to $10,000, but Gibson says the evening is also "sort of a ‘thank-you' party for everyone who has supported us."
Fight SMA/Andrew's Buddies (fightsma.org) was established in 1991 by Joe and Martha Slay. They named the organization after their son, Andrew, a 2008 University of Virginia graduate who was diagnosed with the incurable and untreatable disease when he was 14 months old. SMA, which causes progressive muscle degeneration, affects about 25,000 Americans. Since its founding, Fight SMA has raised almost $7 million and has grown to include 19 chapters and affiliates.
Proceeds from this month's event will aid research that could result in a treatment for SMA. Tickets cost $50 and are available in advance or at the door. For details, call 515-0080 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.