Bite Back for a Cure is TBDA's national campaign to raise awareness for Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Join the campaign and help send a message to Washington in 3 easy steps: Join Now!
This fall, we're biting back. John Donnally, a 24-year-old Lyme sufferer and cyclist, has kicked off Bite Back for a Cure’s cross-country bike tour with a series of rides throughout the Northeast this summer to meet the Lyme community and rally support. Follow John's journey and help build awareness!
Honorees: Staci Grodin, TBDA President & David Roth, TBDA Co-Chair and Founder
Courage Awards: Brandon Allen, Jason Lipsett, Zachary Opperman, Katie Robinson
The Fifth Annual Unmask a Cure Gala was held on November 3, 2010, at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. We were honored to have Peter Alexander of NBC News join us as Master of Ceremonies, along with Special Guest, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines.
Humanitarian Award: Gerald T. Simons, PA-C Co-Chairs: Joseph Burrascano, Jr., MD and Jay McInerney Courage Awards: Ben Ahrens, Duane Buoniello, Mark Conese, Adam Harrison, Patrick Olah, Teri Raser, Susan Wolfson
Sponsors: Damon Giglio Foundation, LIMU, NBC Universal, Blu Frog, Conese Foundation, Judy & Joseph Setting, Christine & Patrick Beach, LDI Color Toolbox, New York Tick Control, Town & Country Compounding and Consultation
The Fourth Annual Gala to Unmask a Cure was held on November 5, 2009, at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. The exciting evening featured a live and silent auction, delicious cuisine provided by several of New York City's finest restaurants, and music. The event raised over $400,000 for the Foundation.
Humanitarian Award: Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH Physician Training Program Impact Award: Ann Corson, MD Vision of Hope Award: Peter Hilf
Courage Awards: Thomas Balsamo, Monica S. Bolesta,PhD, Doug Fearn, Toren Gordon Kutnick, Richard E. Lamotta, Judy Landis Setting, Gail Sheffer, Gail Urbach
Sponsors: Goldman Sachs, Newmark Knight Frank, Damon Giglio Foundation, The Kutnick Foundation, MacDonald Family Foundation, Marquis Jet, New York Tick Control, Gillis MacGil Addison, Christine & Patrick Beach, Conese Foundation, Miller Tabak, Judy & Joseph Setting, The Spar Family, LDI Color Toolbox
Our Third Annual Unmask a Cure Fundraising Gala was held on November 13, 2008, at Gotham Hall in New York City. Award-winning comedy writer Alan Zweibel was a special guest at the gala, and live music was provided by the Subscribers.
Cuisine was provided by Barna, Cook With Class, España, Gabriela’s, 21 Prince, Planet Thailand 212, STK, Thalassa, Appetizerstogo.com and Victor’s Café.Spirits were provided by Ketel One, Lucid and Voyant Chai.
Honorees: Bernard D. Raxlen, MD, Lyme-literate physician and Andy Abraham Wilson, Producer/Director of Under Our Skin Event Chairpersons: Karen Kissling, Kris Newby, Steven C. Rodger, Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D. and Alyssa Sokoloff Courage Awards: Alicia Brawn, Cydney Chase, Kathy Fowler, Michele Matthews, Jordan Fisher Smith, Sheila Statlander, Ph.D. and Lindsay Zweibel
Sponsors: Damon Giglio Foundation, Newmark Knight Frank, Open Eye Pictures, Citi Smith Barney, Goldman Sachs, David & Cindy Reichenbaum, The Spar Family, Marion & Carl Wolf, Patrick & Christine Beach, Marquis Jet, Francis R. May, Miller Tabak, Starker Family Foundation, Karen Kissling/YogaKids, New York Private Bank & Trust, New York Tick Control and Quadrum Capital.
Turn the Corner's Second Annual Unmask a Cure Gala was held on November 1, 2007 at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. Over 700 people attended the event, which raised an astonishing $1.1 million for Lyme disease research and education programs. We were fortunate to have Daryl Hall make a special appearance at Guastavino’s for the gala. He performed a set full of favorite songs, and guests were surprised when Dr. Horowitz joined him on stage to sing an original song they composed about Lyme disease, called “The Ballad of the Deer Tick.”
Guests sampled food provided by several top New York City restaurants, including Agata & Valentina, Barna, George Guidera and Executive Chef Jacques Larsen of Cobbs Mill Inn, Cook With Class, Edible Arrangements, Gabriela’s, Ivy Bakery, Landmarc, Ruby Foo’s, Thalassa and STK. A special beverage tasting station was provided by Lucid, Absinthe Supérieure.
Humanitarian Award: Richard I. Horowitz, MD Spirit of Philanthropy Award: Bruce E. Mosler Scientific Merit Award: Nick S. Harris, PhD, AMBLI Courage Award: Christine Beach, Dan Crotty, Jennifer Edstrom, Caroline Patterson, Jacqueline R. Spar and Alex Viserto Co-Chairs: Cheryl A. Conner, Robert Hoffman, M.A., and Brenda Shiplet
Educators: Goldman Sachs, Advocates, 100 Mile Man Foundation, American International Group, Inc., The Damon Giglio Foundation and Danny Lirtzman
Supporters: Patrick & Christine Beach, Citigroup, Danielle & David Ganek Family Foundation, Pam Edstrom & Joe Lamberton, Jeff & Stacey Feinberg, Field Check Group LLC, Golden Tree Asset Management, LP, Jenn & Ian Goodman, Hoenig, Instinet, Kevin Dann & Partners, LLC, Lehman Brothers, Level Global Investors, LP, Marquis Jet, Dan & Michele Matthews, Dave & Cindy Reichenbaum, Nurit Spector-Shamis, Michael & Elizabeth Steinberg, Stratix Asset, Titan Legacy Fund Advisors LLC and Aaron Wolfson
Friends: Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Credit Suisse Securities, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Deutsche Bank, Direct Access Partners, LLC, Endeavor Capital, Jennifer Edstrom & Catlin Wolfard, FTV Management Company L.P., Gibralter Holdings, LLC, Roy & Joanne Goldberg, Greenberg Traurig, Igenex, ING Direct, JNK Securities, Greg and Sarah Knight, Lea & Barry Porter Fund, Gillis MacGil Addison, Miller Tabak & Co., LLC, New York Tick Control LLC, Off The Record Research, RAM Capital Group, LLC, William & Carolyn Patterson, Warren Spar/Sparring Partners Capital, The Starker Family Foundation, Town & Country Compounding, Trellus Management Co., LLC, Adam & Andrea Usdan and Carl & Marion Wolf
Our First Annual Unmask a Cure Gala event was held at Guastavino’s in New York City on November 2, 2006. The newly renovated Guastavino's was a gorgeous site to honor those who have persevered in the fight against Lyme disease, as well as to raise significant funds for our urgent cause. Unmask a Cure touches upon the fact that Lyme disease masquerades as many different illnesses and is, therefore, quite difficult to diagnose. To accentuate the theme, staff at the event wore Venetian-style eye masks as they served more than 600 guests delicious food and drinks throughout the evening. The space took on the feel of a warm and playful masquerade evening in which everyone had the opportunity to take part in the national movement to "unmask a cure" for Lyme disease.
Guests enjoyed cuisine from Agata & Valentina Ristorante, Aurora Gourmet, Barna, Cité, Cook with Class, Gabriela's, Osteria del Circo, Ruby Foo's, and STK Steak House. Live music was provided by Creations featuring Kim Sozzi, and a special musical performance by Erin Crotty, dedicated to Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano Jr.
Humanitarian Award: Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr. Vision of Hope Award: Nancy Perry Crotty and John Crotty
Sponsors: Beverly Blank Foundation, For Sale By Owner.com, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Danny Lirtzman, Jeff and Stacey Feinberg, Dan and Michele Matthews, Citigroup, Direct Access Partners, Instinet, Lehman Brothers, Level Global, David and Cindy Reichenbaum, Gillis MacGil Addison, AIG Environmental, Chapman Capital LLC, Todd Deutsch and Brooke Elder, Ian and Jen Goodman, Hoenig, In Record Time, JNK Securities, Gregory and Sarah Knight, Marquis Jet, Miller Tabak & Co., New York Tick Control, Dipak and Anita Patel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Town & Country Compounding
TBDA’s national Walks program allows volunteers across the country to plan an event to raise funds for research and TBDA initiatives in the fight against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
If you would like to host a walk in your area, please contact us about becoming an organizer.
Below is a list of past Walks. We would like to extend special thanks to all of those that have made our numerous Walks throughout the country so successful.
Location: Granby, MA Host: Ron and Lois Pare Date: May 4, 2013
Location: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT Host: Orna Grand Date: April, 7, 2013
Location: Discovery Green, Houston, TX Host: Texas Lyme Disease Association Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Location: Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville, NY Host: Heidi Buono Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT Host: Orna Grand Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Location: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT Host: Orna Grand Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010 Location: Shoreline at Mountain View, CA Host: Jennifer Sebastian Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009 Location: Florence Roche Elementary School, Groton, MA Host: Donna Castle Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009 Location: Independence Grove, Libertyville, IL Host: Kimberly Heeres-Frank Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009 Location: New Providence High School, New Providence, NJ Host: Laura Field Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009 Location: Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, NY Hosts: Alyssa and Michael Sokoloff Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009 Location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT Host: Orna Grand Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009 Location: Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, NY Host: Alyssa and Michael Sokoloff Date: Sunday, September 14, 2008 Kickoff Party: Cutting For A Cure Location: Frederico Salon, 257 Mamoroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605 Date: Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Other Past Events Benefiting TBDA
TBDA is grateful for events held around the United States that contribute to the TBDA mission. Please see the list of past events.