The Lupus Foundation of Northern California takes your health and the safety of our entire lupus community seriously, including those presenting and attending our annual charity gala. Out of concern and careful consideration of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s press announcement recommendation (about the Coronavirus COVID-19) to not hold large community events, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual charity Gala—A Night in Venice Masquerade Ball and Purple Ribbon Awards—to Autumn 2020. This decision is based on our vigilance and responsibility to those in our lupus community who are at a heightened risk of exposure due to a compromised immune system.
Please note that we are postponing rather than canceling, we still wish to honor those who have dedicated so much of their life to the cause of curing lupus and supporting lupus patients in our community.
If you have already purchased a ticket, we encourage you to hold onto it as tickets will remain valid and honored at the new event date/time. Whether you have purchased your tickets or not, make sure to save-the-date for “A Night in Venice”, which will soon be announced for this Autumn. We look forward to celebrating the exemplary contributions to the lupus community as we continue to strengthen our mission to improve the lives of those living with lupus.
This Gala is our primary financial source for funding our ongoing patient services, programs, advocacy and the wide array of patient assistance we provide throughout the year. Postponing our Gala is financially challenging for us, so please consider donating now.
We realize this announcement may be disappointing, but we will soon share information about our upcoming online auction for many of the wonderful items that were going to be available at the Gala. Your participation in our online auction is critical for our patient support efforts and will allow you to still experience some of the fun that happens during the Gala! For 2020, we have really upped the ante with new items for you to bid on! We'll send the auction link and information on how to bid soon.
Thank you for your critically needed support of our Lupus Foundation of Northern California and all of the patients and families we serve—we appreciate your generosity and contributions at this unique time.