LymeAid® is Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s exclusive annual benefit dinner and live concert: an intimate event held at a private residence.

 

6th Annual LymeAid • May 12, 2018

LymeAid 2018 was the Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s 6th annual exclusive benefit dinner and live concert, held at a private home in Portola Valley, CA.

On Saturday, May 12 more than 300 philanthropists, celebrities, patients and others in the medical field joined scientists and clinicians for the sixth annual LymeAid 2018, another elegant, fun-filled informational evening of inspiration.

The recipients of the 2018 Emerging Leader Awards, which are designed to encourage promising scientists who embody the future of Lyme disease-research leadership, were announced that evening. George Church, Ph.D. and Ting Wu, Ph.D. will each be awarded a $250,000 grant to launch the Genomic Lyme Disease Research Initiative project at Harvard Medical School, and Michal Caspi Tal, Ph.D. and Steven E. Phillips, M.D. will each receive $100,000 toward therapeutic research related to immunotherapy and an innovative new drug aimed at eliminating chronic tick-borne infections, respectively. Lyme disease is a potentially devastating infection impacting more than 300,000 Americans each year.

“The only way to solve the mysteries of Lyme, is for great scientific minds to focus on it,” said Alexandra Cohen, president, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, whose generous donation makes these awards possible. “It’s an honor to have these recipients come to us with their ideas, plans and excitement for investigating, and potentially overcoming this disease.”

This year featured Jay Leno as Master of Ceremonies with Chris Isaak in concert, and Honorary Guest Speakers Wendy Adams and Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.).  Event chairs were Lucy Kuchan, Carolyn Margiotti, Kathleen O’Rourke, Amy Rao, Jennie Savage, and Laure Woods.

Master of Ceremonies, Jay Leno

 

“Jay Leno’s Garage” Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” —he never lost a ratings year in which he served as host. Leno, currently produces and is host of the CNBC Television series “JAY LENO’S GARAGE” now in its third season. “Jay Leno’s Garage” explores the world of cars, never forgetting that it’s the people behind the wheel who provide the real stories.  The series debuted in October 2015 and delivered CNBC’s most-watched first season in network history.  New episodes of “Jay Leno’s Garage” can be viewed on CNBC throughout the year.

The show is an outgrowth of JAY LENOS GARAGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL which Leno produces and has an international following on the Web and has garnered several Emmy Awards and nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. His new product line JAY LENO’S GARAGE ADVANCED VEHICLE CARE launched in December of 2016 and has been well received by the Automotive Industry worldwide. Products are available on www.lenosgarage.com.

When he’s not on TV, Leno performs more than 100 stand-up shows annually across the country and internationally; participates in numerous charity and corporate events, does voice-overs for animated series, pens children’s books, and writes a monthly column in various automotive magazines.  And in his “spare” time (as if he has any), he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.  In fact, he has built a number of cars, including an acclaimed eco-car in his eco-friendly green garage.

Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide awards, Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, The Mark Twain Prize, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and being the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

He and his wife Mavis, an ardent human rights activist, live in Los Angeles.

Musical Guest, Chris Isaak

Christopher Joseph Isaak (born June 26, 1956) is an American rock musician and occasional actor. He is best known for his hit “Wicked Game,” as well as the popular hit songs “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He is renowned for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music. He is closely associated with film director David Lynch, who has used his music in numerous films and gave him a large role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. His songs generally focus on the themes of love, loss and heartbreak. With a career spanning four decades, he has amassed a total of twelve studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and tours. He has been called the Roy Orbison of the 1990s, and is often also compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and Duane Eddy.

Honorary Guest Speaker, Nicole Malachowski

Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) has over 21 years of experience as an officer, leader, and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. She is a survivor of neurological Tick Borne Illness, a medical ordeal which prematurely ended her military career. Upon her commission into the military, she was competitively selected to fly combat aircraft and embarked on an adventure among the first group of women to fly fighters. Nicole served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E squadrons and accumulated over 2,300 flight hours, including 188 hours in combat. She has had the honor of commanding a fighter squadron, flying as a USAF Thunderbird pilot (the first woman to do so), serving as a White House Fellow and as an advisor to the First Lady of the United States. Nicole has forged a successful path through immense cultural changes in the military as well as significant adversity in her personal life. She’s been happily married to her husband Paul, an Air Force veteran, for nearly 16 years. When not hurriedly chasing their seven-year-old twins around, she finds immense meaning in practicing Tai Chi and advocating for those impacted by Tick Borne Illnesses.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge our event sponsors:

 

 

Click the links below to learn about previous LymeAid events.

 

LymeAid 2017

LymeAid 2016

LymeAid 2015

LymeAid 2014

LymeAid 2013

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LymeAid 2017

 

LymeAid 2017 was the Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s 5th annual exclusive benefit dinner and live concert, held at a private home in Portola Valley, CA.

On Sunday, May 21 more than 300 philanthropists, celebrities, patients and others in the medical field joined scientists and clinicians for the fifth annual LymeAid 2017, another elegant, fun-filled informational evening of inspiration.

As master of ceremonies for this year’s LymeAid, actor Alec Baldwin, kept the crowd laughing throughout the event, but also shared some sobering statistics about Lyme disease along with his personal experiences with the disease.

“We need more researchers to help us find a cure, or at least a treatment that works for more people,” said Alec Baldwin, who is known for his comedic talent as well as his defense of the environment on Long Island.  “Lyme disease is so much more common than the statistics suggest —I have family and friends with Lyme disease in NY, LA and everywhere in between.”

This year featured Grammy award winning writing and recording artist, Kenny Loggins, and Honorary Guest Speakers Kristen T. Honey, PhD and Dr Nate Nieto. Event chairs were Arlene Inch, Jane Inch, Lucy Kuchan, Carolyn Margiotti, Lisa Najarian, Kathleen O’Rourke and Laure Woods.

Two up-and-coming researchers were awarded a total of $350,000 in Emerging Leader Award grants, which are designed to attract promising researchers to the study of Lyme disease. In all, the benefit dinner and concert raised more than $800,000, of which 100% will go directly to fund our research programs. During the past 5 years, the event has collectively raised $3.2 million specifically for Lyme disease research. For more information about this event, see our press release.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge our event sponsors:

 

LymeAid 2016

On Sunday, May 1 more than 300 philanthropists, celebrities, patients and others in the medical field joined scientists and clinicians for the fourth annual LymeAid 2016, another elegant, fun-filled informational evening of inspiration. This year featured legendary performer Diana Ross and Honorary Guest Speakers Dr Neil Spector and Dr Nate Nieto. Event chairs were Eileen Morgenthaler, Paula Rantz, Carin Rollins and Laure Woods.

Two up-and-coming researchers were awarded $100,000 grants as part of the weekend’s focus on finding solutions to the medical challenges of Lyme disease. In all, the benefit dinner and concert raised more than $815,000, of which 100% will go directly to fund our research programs. For more information about this event, see our press release.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge our event sponsors:

 

LymeAid 2015

LymeAidOn Sunday, May 17, Bay Area Lyme hosted more than 400 celebrities, philanthropists, and noteworthy scientists for our third annual LymeAid gala. Huey Lewis and The News performed live in concert and brought the power of love to the fight for a cure. More than 30 researchers from across the country came to show their support and to share their scientific insights with
guests. Bay Area Lyme presented the 2015 Emerging Leader Award and a $100,000 grant for research efforts exploring a potential biomarker for Lyme disease. For more information about the event, see the press release or the event story in Haute Living.

The benefit dinner and concert raised approximately $600,000, of which 100% will go directly to fund research for Lyme disease. Learn more about our research programs here.

Thank you to our Sponsors 

Bay Area Lyme Foundation would like to thank Sherry and Laird Cagan for graciously opening up their home in support of LymeAid 2015. We graciously thank Huey Lewis and The News for donating their performance to further help us accelerate solutions for Lyme disease. 

We would also like to thank and acknowledge these event sponsors:

 

 

LymeAid 2014

LymeAid 2014 raised another $500,000 toward solutions for Lyme disease. Featured music by The English Beat. During the event, world class scientists from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford discussed the latest breakthroughs in the fight against Lyme disease. See our press release for more information about this fantastic event.

 

LymeAid 2013

LymeAid 2013 raised more than $400,000 for Lyme research. 100% of the funds raised will directly support Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s programs including philanthropic seed capital for a national Lyme Biorepository. Music performed by Daryl Hall.