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Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala

The annual National Meningitis Association (NMA) Give Kids a Shot Gala was once again an emotion filled evening but a stellar success in aiding the fight against meningitis, a potentially vaccine preventable disease. Held in the elegant ballrooms of the historic New York Athletic Club with phenomenal views of Central Park as a backdrop, hundreds of New York's movers and shakers turned out to support the cause and also to congratulate meningitis survivor & Para Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer, an Honorary Chair along with Ambassador & Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. Scroll down for photos from the event!

Guests mingled over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while poring over the dazzling array of Silent Auction gifts from breathtaking jewels to one of a kind fashions and even a commemorative bottle of Medea Vodka with an LED message from Richard Thomas shimmering across the bottle like a Broadway marquee.

NMA President Lynn Bozof and Committee Co-Chairs Sara Herbert Galloway, Gary Springer and Lenore Cooney swirled through the room greeting friends and introducing this year's honorees: Dr. William Schaffner, Health Achievement Award Honoree for his advocacy of the role of vaccines in protecting individual and community health; Cindy Krejny, Moms on Meningitis Outstanding Service Award for her tireless efforts to educate the public about meningitis and her work with Ohio lawmakers to mandate vaccination for college students; Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart who pushed the passage of a mandatory vaccination in his home state, with the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award and NASCAR record breaking winner Kyle Busch & his wife Samantha with the Community Leadership Awardfor the work of their Kyle Busch Foundation in support of programs that aid disabled and disadvantaged children around the country.

President Lynn Bozof gave moving testimony to the reason everyone was gathered - to prevent this dreaded disease by having pre-teens and teens vaccinated.

Well known author and broadcast journalist Rita Cosby, filling in for longtime NMA host actor Richard Thomas, who was filming, kept the evening running smoothly. Unexpectedly, Thomas showed up on a break from shooting Law & Order SVU to personally congratulate the honorees and thank all the supporters.

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of children who have died or live with long-term effects from meningococcal disease, also called bacterial meningitis. NMA works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and its prevention. The NMA network also provides critical emotional support for families who have been affected by meningococcal disease. Additionally, NMA raises awareness of other preventable diseases and recommended vaccines across the lifespan.

Honorary Chairs for the event were Ambassador & Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr. & Para-Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer; Gala Chairs Lenore Cooney, Cooney/Waters Group, Sara Herbert-Galloway & Gary Springer, Springer Associates PR; Vice Chairs, Joanna Goldenstein, KPMG,LLP; Barry J. Klarberg Monarch Wealth & Business Management.: Ulrika "Red" Nilsson, Redcircle International, Inc. & Heike M. Vogel, Arent Fox LLP; Auction Chairs, Matt Klarberg, Monarch Wealth & Business Management and Errol Rappaport.

Honorary Committee included Michael Badalucco, Susan & Hon. James A. Baker III, Lynn Grossman & Bob Balaban, Steve Buscemi, Victor Calise, Commissioner Disabilities, Mayor's Office, City of New York, U.S, Senator Susan Collins, Judy & Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Amy Madigan & Ed Harris, Lainie Kazan, Felicity Huffman William H. Macy, Chenoa Maxwell, Congressman Michael M. Michaud, James Naughton, Congresswoman Shelly Pingree, Heather Randall, Susan Sarandon, Joe Sirola, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Liv Ullman.

Committee members included Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Norma Abbene, Jeri Acosta, Eileen Boyle, Lynn & Alan Bozof, Peggy & Mike Bressler,ElizaBeth Browning, Lori & Curt Buher, Lorraine C. Cancro, Elizabeth Cier, Terry M. & J. Price Corr, M.D. , Thomas Cook, Rita Cosby, Christine Delisle, Jamie deRoy, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Robert Farber, Laura & Jack Fitzpatrick, Jeri Brooks, Greenwell, Jonathan Hadaya, Laura & Ken Hartwig, Charlotte & Harvey Hodges, David Hryck,, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Susan James, Marcie L. Kammel, Nikki Klarberg, Josh Klein, Jeffrey Kramer, Donna & Michael Laforgia, Lucy Jane Lang, Marian Koltai-Levine & Dan Levine, Kedakai & James Lipton, Ida Liu, Barbara & Earl Magdovitz. Leslie Maier, Cindy Marinangel, Chenoa Maxwell, Kevin McGovern, Sherri Michelstein, Jennifer Mocbeichel, Jan & Michael Planit, Susan & Peter Purdy, Frank Recchia, April Sandmeyer, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Allison Strassberg, LaForce + Stevens, Carol & Gerald Tufano, Carolyn & Rick Waghorne and Mr. & Mrs. John Wukovits III.

Medical Committee includes Richard Besser, M.D, ABC News; Paul Offit M.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Nancy Snyderman, M.D.NBC News.; James C. Turner, M.D., Professor of Internal medicine, University of Virginiaand Dr. Roger W. Yurt, Chief of Burn Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Also attending were Logan West, Miss Teen USA 2012 & Emma Kenney, teen star of Showtime's "Shameless" ; Bree Michael Warner, star of Nickelodeon's "I Carly" and NMA Teen Ambassadors, brother and sister, Justin and Alana Galloway.

To bid on the Online Auction at Charity Buzz, go to: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/nma/catalog_items?locale=en&page=1. For more information about NMA's life-saving work, visit www.nmaus.org.

Photo Credit: Rob Rich

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Nick Springer, Gary Springer

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Jim White, Ulrika Red Nilsson, Errol Rappaport, Thomas Cook

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Joe Sirola, Gozzo Sirola

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Barry Klarberg, Sara Herbert-Galloway

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Michael Hudson, Bree Michael Warner

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Bree Michael Warner

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Joanna Goldenstein, Lynn Bozof

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Nick Springer, Senator Jack Hart

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Elizabeth Cier, Gary Springer, Nick Springer, Olivia Springer

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Stewart Lane, Bonnie Comley

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Anna Wilding, James Sved

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Katlean de Monchy, Lorraine Cancro, Rita Cosby, Lynn Bozof, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Tomaczek

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Rita Cosby, Tomaczek

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Victor Calise, Norma Abbene, Nick Springer

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West, Gary Springer

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Rita Cosby, Gary Andreassen, Lorraine Cancro

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Lucia Hwong Gordon

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Richard Thomas

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Joy Marks

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Ambassador John L. Loeb, Nick Springer

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Cindy Marinangel, Engels Santana, Errol Rappaport, Robert Farber

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Erica Lynn Lacombe

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Dr.William Schaffner, Dr.Richard Bessa

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Cindy Krejny, Lynn Bozof

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Honorees Senator Jack Hart, Cindy Krejny, Samantha Busch, Kyle Busch, and Dr. William Schaffner

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Performers Jeff Sewell, Betsey DiLellio, Andrew Ragone

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Kimberly Woods, Elizabeth Cier

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala
Justin Galloway, Nikki Klarberg

Photo Flash: Rita Cosby, Richard Thomas and More at NMA's GIVE KIDS A SHOT Gala

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