Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Hope Flies Catch the Cure

Thank you Sponsors, Patrons and Friends

The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine held its ninth celebration of Hope Flies Catch the Cure on September 21 at The Fairmont event venue in Atlanta.  Approximately 250 guests enjoyed the event, including open bars, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles and dancing to live music by Shimmer.  The live auction featured several getaways, including vacation stays for golfing vacations and a vacation in Paris and a special Boston Red Sox experience. The silent auction featured sports memorabilia, art, home decor, jewelry, dining, lunch and makeovers at Neiman Marcus and an outdoor home lighting package from Outdoor Lights.

Event co-chairs were Ashley and Chris Benecchi, long-time supporters of the Foundation. Honorary chair of the event was Susan Schreer Davis, a FMM Ambassador and Mitochondrial Disease Voice of Hope, who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in her 40s. One of the evening’s high points came when Susan performed her original song, “Hope Flies,” accompanied by her son and nephew. All proceeds of the event benefit the Foundation and its mission to accelerate treatments and cures for the many, many forms of mitochondrial diseases.

“With the event reaching its 9thmilestone this year, we wanted to incorporate a new energy and structure to the event this year,” said Laura Stanley, Executive Director of FMM. “The new Fairmont venue literally sparkled for the evening and the biggest highlight for many was Susan’s performance of her inspiring original song ‘Hope Flies.’ Our attendees loved the dancing and auctions, and Hope Flies® has raised $1.85 million since its inception and has been instrumental in helping the foundation build awareness and raise funds for treatments.”

The Foundation would like to thank the event sponsors including Party Sponsors:  Modern Luxury Media, Jen Pair Photography, Endive Fine Catering, Sharecare, Michelle French Design, The Outdoor Lights, and Social Flow.  Signature sponsors:  Terri and Frank Wren, Stealth Biotherapeutics, Pat and Dan Wright, Abby’s Helping Hand, Joseph Orr IV and Hudson Family Foundation. To make a donation, or to view a full list of sponsors, table hosts and party sponsors, visit

Event attendees that would like to purchase photos from the event are encouraged to visit this link to view and purchase photos: Jen Pair Photography.

Hope Flies Catch the Cure is the Foundation’s annual signature event in Atlanta. Other events around the country also help raise funds and awareness for the Foundation of Mitochondrial Medicine.  If you are interested in launching a regional Hope Flies event, or hosting a fundraiser in your city, contact the Foundation at  For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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Hope Flies Catch the Cure

Planning Committee needs your help! Please take a moment to look at our volunteer needs, and let us know your interest for this year’s committee or volunteer needs. Email us at to get involved.

The areas where we need the most help are:
• Sponsorship: Mostly emailing and follow up and can be done any time of day, from the comfort of your own home.
• Auction: Acquisition help mostly be emailing requests with follow up. Organizing and day/night of help will involve putting together the items and materials for display.
• Communications: Working with the FMM marketing team to help promote the party through social media, proofing, editing and coordinating signage creation and production.
• Volunteers: Helping with set up, greeting, registration, break down and other.

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