June 30, 2009
About 200 Caryites enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing while supporting Down syndrome and leukemia research at the Sixth Annual Anna’s Angels Gala on April 18 at Prestonwood Country Club’s grand ballroom. A silent and live auction, hosted by news anchor Steve Daniels, of ABC 11 Eyewitness News, helped raise $93,000 for the cause and Duke Children’s Hospital.
Anna’s Angels was founded in 2003 by Michelle Pfeiffer and Andy Merrills when their 8-year-old daughter, Anna, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 18 months.
Dr. Joseph St. Geme, chairman of pediatrics at Duke Children’s Hospital, and Jill Hinton Keel, a psychologist and developmental disability consultant, spoke at the event in support of Down syndrome awareness and research. “We could not pursue our endeavors without the help of Anna’s Angels,” St. Geme stated at the gala.