2nd Annual Faces of SMA Gala & Auction

August 26, 2017 @ 6:00PM — 11:00PM

Join us for an elegant evening of fun, food, dancing, auctions & most importantly HOPE! Please Note: There are two ticketing sites available for the Gala. If you would prefer to use the other it is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faces-of-sma-gala-silent-auction-tickets-36030700796

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There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


The 2nd Annual Faces of SMA Gala and Silent Auction is a fundraising event in honor of Kaiden DeFazio and all people battling Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The goal is to raise funds for promising research, medical equipment and increased awareness.

The gala will boast an evening of dinner, music, dancing, open beer and wine bar, cocktails, wine pull, silent auction and raffle items. Please join us for this special night of making memories, having fun and most importantly, hope.

Who is Kaiden?

The smile that lights up any room belongs to Kaiden. He is a bright, happy two year old who loves to shake his head to any music he hears. Diagnosed at six months with SMA Type 1, he is affected by his illness but not defined by it. He is the inspiration behind our mission of spreading awareness and helping others in their fight with SMA.

What is SMA?

SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the leading genetic cause of death in infants, affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies, and about 1 in 50 Americans is a genetic carrier.

With your help, we can make a real difference and have an amazing night of fun at the same time.

Sponsorships and Donations

Thank you. If you are interested in sponsoring our event or donating to the silent auction visit our event webpage, or contact us at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.


Is there a host hotel?
Yes - we have reserved a block of discounted rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis for the nights of August 25 & August 26 under the group name Fighting for Kaiden Foundation and code FKF. Book your room by July 26 to take advantage of the discounted rates. You can see details and book your rooms in the block here or call 410-224-3150.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
210 Holiday Court
Annapolis, MD 21401

Is there a special price for SMA Affected individuals and their families?
Yes - Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, SMA affected individuals and up to two family members are free of charge and will receive one hotel room at the host hotel. Please click on the "Get Tickets" button, select the "SMA Affected Individual and up to 2 family members" ticket option and continue through the ticketing process. For more information and to arrange for a hotel room, please contact Presley at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.

I'm excited to bid at the auction but how can I pay?
We will be accepting all major credit cards in addition to checks with ID and cash.

How do I donate to the silent auction?
Forms and information are available on our events webpage. If you'd like more information, please contact Presley Ortiz-Rosado at portizrosado@fightingforkaiden.org.

How do I become a Gala Sponsor?
Forms and information are available on our events webpage. If you'd like more information, please contact Presley Ortiz-Rosado at portizrosado@fightingforkaiden.org.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
ID is not required to enter the event but will be required if you would like access to the open beer and wine bar.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring a printed ticket, though it may speed the entrance process.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, please contact the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation as early as possible so that we can know who to expect.

What is the refund policy?
Please contact us if you need to discuss a refund. Our goal is for everyone to have a wonderful evening with us while raising funds, and if you are unable to attend we will do our best to accommodate you.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, please try to tell us ahead of time, but you will still be able to attend.

What should I wear?
Semi-formal or formal attire is preferred. Be ready to dance.

Photo Policy:
By registering/purchasing tickets for the Faces of SMA Gala and Silent Auction, you hereby understand that you may be photographed, videotaped, or digitally recorded, as may be your voice, and hereby waive any objection, condition, limit, or right you may have to the photographs or recordings

Event Location
The Byzantium
2747 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
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