The “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age” was a time where women flaunted their short, bobbed haircuts with the marcel wave, knee length skirts, and dark sultry makeup, and where men wore suits daily no matter the occasion. It was a time of classic sophistication, fashion breakthroughs, and shared artistic and cultural enthusiasm… with a touch of gin. Flappers and Gangsters, casino nights, underground soirées, and flashy show lights; that is what Deirdre Nero envisioned as her inspiration for this year’s theme of the annual National Alopecia Areata Foundation’s Miami fundraiser taking place on Saturday, November 4th at 7pm at Casa Maulini, 13611 SW 97th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176.
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, or NAAF, is a nonprofit organization that has been at the forefront in supporting research to find a cure for alopecia areata, as well as supporting those with the disease and educating the public about it. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that results in hair loss and emotional pain. Deirdre Nero, who serves on NAAF’s Board of Directors as the Secretary (as well as an advocate and Legislative Liaison) is no stranger to both the hair loss and emotional pain.
“This disease has changed my life, my mind and my heart. It made me vulnerable, battered my self-esteem and heightened my insecurities,” Deirdre explains to Inspire Health Magazine in a feature article in their recent Sept/Oct issue. “But at the same time, it has made me a stronger, more compassionate person.” Deirdre has been living with alopecia areata for 19 years, nearly half of her life. There is still little known about the causes, treatments or cure for this disease, and as a Legislative Liaison for NAAF, Deirdre has helped introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress to require insurance companies to cover cranial prosthetics. “We were also successful in getting the FDA to select alopecia areata as one of the few diseases to have a Patent-Focused Drug Development Initiative in 2017,” Deirdre proudly mentions. “Advocating for patients has helped me feel empowered. I am proud to serve as a role model and support system for others living with alopecia areata.”
If you’re interested in joining Deirdre on November 4th for an entertaining 1920’s casino night for an incredible cause, you may purchase your tickets by CLICKING HERE. Admission price is $150. Guests will enjoy an evening of casino games such as roulette and blackjack, an open bar sponsored by BACARDI, delicious food sponsored by Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe, music, dancing, a fun photo booth, cigar roller, and networking with some of Miami’s finest. There will be a silent auction with many fantastic items to choose from, such as a one week timeshare resort stay anywhere in the world courtesy of Interval International. The Casino Grand Prize is a 10-day Cruise on the luxury Oceania Cruise Line courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. The night is 1920’s themed, and guests are encouraged (but not required) to dress like flappers and gangsters…show us your 1920’s style!
Sponsorships are still available! Please call (305)-351-1079 for more information. To learn more about NAAF, you can visit their website. To help NAAF in supporting their fight to find a cure, you can make a donation by visiting THIS SITE. For any additional questions or information regarding the event or the purchasing of tickets, please call (305)-351-1079.