The 2015 NOFAS International Gala is September 17

Join FASD leaders, advocates, and families from around the world at the 2015 NOFAS International Gala one month from today on September 17 at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. NOFAS is honored to have His Excellency Gérard Araud the Ambassador of France serving as the Honorary International Gala Chair.

Honorary Gala Co-chairs and longtime friends Senator Lisa Murkowski and former Senator Tom Daschle will celebrate NOFAS along with His Excellency Gary Doer the Ambassador of Canada, His Excellency Mohamed Jaham Al Kuwari the Ambassador of Qatar, and many other champions for the cause from the Diplomatic corps, Capitol Hill, and the Washington, D.C. philanthropic community.

Gala Co-Chairs Kate Boyce Reeder, Sheila Rabaut, and Dr. Samir Zakhari lead the 2015 Gala Committee comprised of leading NOFAS and FASD supporters from the scientific, health care, legal, education, public health, and advocacy communities.

Kate Boyce Reeder & Joe Reeder, The Rabaut Family Foundation, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Dr. William Kennedy Smith & Anne Smith, Terry Lierman, Pernod-Ricard USA, DRS Technologies, UBS, Diageo, Nuclear Energy Institute, Copa Airlines, and Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker are among the Gala’s lead sponsors.

At the Gala, Dr. William Kennedy Smith will be recognized for his extraordinary efforts to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. As a founding member of the NOFAS Board of Directors, he secured funding through the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and developed the first comprehensive Fetal Alcohol Syndrome curriculum for medical and allied health students, and helped pilot the curriculum at the University of New Mexico Medical School and the Georgetown and Northwestern University Schools of Medicine, the first three of over a dozen schools to present the coursework.

Dr. Smith’s  advocacy led to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FASD Regional Training Center project to educate professional students and practitioners across the nation.

The Embassy of France is an appropriate venue as the understanding of the harmful effects of heavy alcohol use during pregnancy began with French researchers, Jaqueline Rouquette, who in Paris in the 1950’s studied 100 children prenatally affected by alcohol, and Paul Lemoine, a pediatrician in Nantes, who in 1968 was the first to publish in the medical literature on the condition that would become known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. At the Gala, NOFAS will recognize the international history and the important work in France and around the world to address FASD.

Guests will also be introduced to an inspiring young man who will share his personal reflections on success and conquering challenges he faces living with an FASD.

Forty-five year ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. The Gala Media Partner is Washington Life Magazine, the Washington, D.C. Metro area’s premier guide to luxury, power, philanthropy & style.

The Gala will feature dozens of fabulous silent and live auction items, and is sure to be a spectacular kickoff to the exciting fall social season in Washington. for more, visit 2015 NOFAS International Gala, or contact Katelyn Reitz to buy your tickets, make a contribution to the event, or to donate an item for the auction. See you this Fall! Que la fête commence!