President Libby Patrick & Silver Sponsor Kevin McGrath of Imola.
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Sims Patrick Studio and Ceramic Technics Limited hosted the first annual Networking For A Purpose event at the luxurious CinéBistro movie theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The event combined networking within the architectural design community and raising awareness and funds for ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Guests were treated to appetizers and beverages during the first hour, before they headed into the theater to view the award-winning documentary, Hope for Steve. This important film tells the story of Steve Dezember II, who was diagnosed with ALS in August 2011. The film follows Steve and his wife, Hope, through their journey with the disease, as they spread awareness and live their lives to the fullest. There was not a dry eye in the theater.
The event also showcased and sold one-of-a-kind artwork from The DRIVE Project. With the help of Hope and Jeremy Brown, artist and founder of Love Is Art, Steve creates abstract art using canvas, paint, and his wheelchair. Proceeds from all DRIVE purchases go to ALS research, as well as towards Steve and Hope, to help cover continuous medical expenses. To purchase artwork or learn more go to: http://driveforacure.com/.
The event was a huge success, raising more than $8,000. All proceeds raised from the evening were donated to the largest event in the southeast that benefits ALS research, the 9th Annual Night of Hope Gala. Libby was the Chairman in 2008 and has been on the Executive Committee for the gala for seven years. A cause close to home, Libby’s biggest philanthropic passion is finding a cure for ALS. Her brother, Bill, died from this horrific disease in 2007 and she promised him that she would do everything she could to help raise awareness and money to find a cure. Sims Patrick Studio is a sponsor for this event annually. This year’s MDA Night of Hope Gala will be held on Friday, October 17 at the InterContinental Buckhead. To find out more information and/or donate, please visit: http://www.mdanightofhope.org/ .
"The reason that we are involved is that there are zero survivors of this horrific disease. My brother Bill's last wishes were for us to carry the torch to raise awareness and to find a cure. We are all the survivors. We must find a cure for our future generations. Since Lou Gehrig died over 75 years ago, we still do not have a way to slow down or cure the disease. Through your generous donations and our sponsors we will be giving more than $8,000 to ALS research for the cure." explained Libby.
Sims Patrick Studio and Ceramic Technics would like to say thank you our sponsors for the Networking for a Purpose event: CLR Resources, Valley Forge, Out Design Group, Atlas Concorde, Imola, BCA Hospitality, Summer Classics, Eykon, Ulster, National Wallcovering, Crossville, Atlas Carpet Mills, Brintons, Couristan, MDC Wallcovering, Illuminations, Desso/Masland, Faulkner & Locke, and Mapei.
Nicole Higgins & Gerry King of Ceramic Technics with Bronze Sponsor Sally Faulkner of Faulkner & Locke.
The crowd at Cinebistro in Town Brookhaven.
Artist Jeremy Brown showcased & sold Steve's one-of-a-kind artwork from The DRIVE Project.