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AARP Sponsors Annual Black Tie Gala To Raise Funds For Atlanta Children With Sickle Cell Anemia

Winning the Battles In Your Mind, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, will host their 3 rd Annual Saving the Future One Tie at a Time black tie gala on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria (2 Galleria Parkway Southeast). Presented by AARP, this single event launches an annual fundraising campaign with a goal to raise over $50K for local families with children living with Sickle Cell Anemia. Winning the Battles in Your Mind is excited to partner with AARP to help promote the importance of caregivers taking care of children battling sickle cell anemia.

Hosted by former Atlanta Falcon and CBS Radio Personality Jamie Dukes, “ Saving the Future One Tie at a Time,” will recognize Chassity Wright who recently lost her son, five-year-old Anthony Maddox Brewton, to sickle cell anemia. Chassity will be recognized for the strength she demonstrated during the loss of her son as well as her dedication to assisting other mothers who went through similar experiences.

“It is so important that we bring we bring awareness to what sickle cell anemia is doing to the children and families in our community,” said Aretha Cleveland, Founder of Winning the Battles In Your Mind, Inc. “As a spiritual mentor to many families in Atlanta, I’ve seen how this disease affects their day-to-day living. This is a silent disease that is claiming the lives of the children in our community.”

"When we think about diseases that affect our community like Sickle Cell, the silent champion and advocate is the caregiver.  That is why AARP is partnering with Winning the Battles of Your Mind,” said Tobias Tillmon, AARP Georgia Interim State Director. “This partnership will help give a voice to the many that may not feel they have a voice and the many that provide care to their loved ones because it is their responsibility. AARP is there and will always be there to provide information and education to caregivers across our country."

Metro Atlanta families can purchase a ticket and receive a plated dinner; a spectacular fashion show featuring children ages 6 to 19 who are battling sickle cell anemia; silent auction and a special musical performance by Gospel Artist Issac Caree. Be The Match will also be on-site doing easy swab donor testing. Ticket holders will also hear a speak keynote address from Twyla Garrett, CBM, CHS III, serial entrepreneur, compelling corporate speaker and author. Twelve children living with sickle cell anemia will model select fashions during a fashion show presented by various boutiques.

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