Gastroenterologist Michael LeVine, Stacey Rothberg, and accounting firm Habif, Arogeti & Wynne are among the honorees for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s 25th annual Torch Gala on Jan. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.
The gala, which includes a seated dinner, dancing and a silent auction, is annually the largest fundraiser for the Georgia Chapter of the CCFA. This year’s goal is to raise $400,000 toward research into diagnosing, treating and curing inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
The Torch Gala has raised more than $6.2 million in its first 2½ decades.
“We count on the financial support of our community to help us advance in our life-changing research for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,” said Russell Dahl, the CCFA’s director of collaborative research initiatives. “Although significant progress in understanding these diseases has been made, there’s still much work to be done.”
LeVine is being honored as the premier physician of the year. Rothberg is the volunteer of the year. Habif, Arogeti & Wynne is the corporate citizen of the year.
This year’s event co-chairs are Marc Ratnowsky and Steven Goodman.
IBD strikes one in 200 Americans — 1.2 million people total — and usually begins in children and young adults.
“We look forward to the CCFA Torch Gala each year,” Dahl said. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and support CCFA and its critical research to find new treatments and hopefully one day a cure.”
For information about the gala, visit www.torchgala.com, or call Krista Heckler at 404-982-0616.