NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Young Leaders of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation celebrated the 10th anniversary of their highly successful "Night for the Fight" fundraiser. Diagnosed with lupus this past year, Bravo TV's reality TV star Ashlee White was among over 200 guests. HBO Def poet/singer/lupus activist Shanelle Gabrielle served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The event featured music by DJ Click'N'Press and interactive entertainment from Pod Pix. More than 50 sponsors provided goods and services for a luxury raffle and live auction. Held at trendy NYC rooftop lounge Hudson Terrace, "Night for the Fight" was organized by over 30 volunteers, many of whom live with lupus.
"We are thrilled to see how Night for the Fight has grown over the past decade," President of the Young Leaders Monica V. LoConti commented. "Not only is it a fun event, but an opportunity to educate the public as well as our friends and colleagues about what having a challenging autoimmune disease like lupus really means. We are also proud of our contribution to raising funds to support the most novel and promising lupus research."
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is a chronic, complex and serious autoimmune disease affecting more than 1.5 million Americans. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body's own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints. Lupus is difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, and a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.
About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
Formed over 40 years ago, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation leads the nation in providing direct patient support, education, public awareness, as well as funding for innovative lupus research on the national level. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is a member of the Lupus Research Institute National Coalition of patient groups throughout the country. Visit http://www.LupusNY.org for more information.
SOURCE S.L.E. Lupus Foundation