With one out of seven cases resulting in death, meningitis is an extremely fatal disease, and one that does not receive the awareness that it should. Thankfully, the National Meningitis Association is trying to change that, raising money through fundraising events to expand the fight against meningitis. One of these fundraisers, the Give Kids a Shot! National Meningitis Association Gala, was held on Monday night at the prestigious New York Athletic Club.

The city’s elite enjoyed cocktails and hors d’ouevres while they bid on silent auction items ranging from an autographed Glee poster to interior design services to sporting event tickets. A ticketed dinner followed, where guests’ payments of $500-$1,000 for individual seats, or $10,000-$25,000 for a table, went towards the cause.

Having had my best friend pass away when we were in college from bacterial meningitis, it is reassuring to see that there are people out there who realize what a serious disease this is, and taking the steps to make sure others are aware of it as well. Some of those leading the fight were in attendance, including New York Giants football legend Bart Oates, iconic actor Richard Thomas who received the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award for his longstanding support of NMA, and world-known pianist Chau-Giang Thi Ngugen, who received the NMA’s International Ambassador for Education Through Music Award.

The night had an elegant air about it – women dripping with diamonds and men looking absolutely debonair – but the goal of the night was never far from guests’ minds.

– Brittny