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

 

Save the date for our next LymeAid on May 5, 2018!

 

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 $2.4 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:

 

Talent of the Evening: A Closer Look

About Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, has won two Grammy® Awards, and co-wrote the book The Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Path of Love. His songs have been hits over the last four decades, including “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose,” “Danger Zone,” and so many more. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo Loggins & Messina, Kenny became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album Return to Pooh Corner remains the best-selling children’s album of the last 20 years. In 2016, he released his latest children’s project, the book Footloose (Moondance Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, October 17, 2016), inspired by his 1985 Oscar® nominated and Grammy® Award-winning “Song of the Year.” This summer, he was a recipient of the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award at the annual Chapin Awards hosted by WhyHunger.

“The Bay Area Lyme Foundation is an incredible organization doing heroic work to help put a stop to Lyme disease. I’m honored to be a part of LymeAid 2017 to help support their tireless work and raise awareness for the cause.”   – Kenny Loggins

About Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is a graduate of New York University (BFA-Tisch, 94) and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on stage in the 2013 Broadway production of Orphans. Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for his role in the 1992 Broadway production of A Street Car Named Desire and won an Obie Award for his role in Prelude to a Kiss. His other stage credits include Equus, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot, Serious Money, Macbeth, and The Twentieth.

On television, Baldwin starred alongside Tina Fey on NBC’s 30 Rock, winner of multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin received eight SAG Awards (seven individual, one ensemble), three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award and two Emmy Awards as “Best Actor in a Comedy Series.”

Baldwin has appeared in over forty films, including Beetle Juice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, The Cat in the Hat, The Aviator, The Departed, It’s Complicated, To Rome With Love, Blue Jasmine and Still Alice. He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in romantic drama The Cooler.

Baldwin released his memoir, A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, chronicling his contentious divorce in 2008.

Alec Baldwin is also a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to the arts. He serves on the boards of The Hamptons International Film Festival, The New York Philharmonic, The Roundabout Theatre Company and Guild Hall of East Hampton. He is an active supporter of The Actors Fund and The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, among many others.

 

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Click the links below to learn about previous LymeAid events.

LymeAid 2016

LymeAid 2015

LymeAid 2014

LymeAid 2013

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.