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Yoga Moves MS had its first in-person Party with a Purpose fundraiser post-COVID on Saturday November 11, 2023. The event kicked off at 6p.m. at The Mint in Lathrup Village, MI. Party with a Purpose is more than a fundraiser, it’s a special celebration to gather for friendship, fun and in support of the fabulous Yoga Moves MS community. The event included a delicious dinner, music by the Dixboro Caravan Band, a silent auction, 50/50 Raffle and a ceremony celebrating this year’s honorees: William D. Boudouris, DO, FACN; Yang Mao-Draayer MD, PhD; and Lea Nerens.

2023 Party With a Purpose Honorees

Dr. Boudouris works at the Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) and is deeply committed to advancing the field of neurology and has been recognized repeatedly as one of the area's most respected neurologists.

Dr. Boudouris

As the Medical Director of Research of the MIND Multiple Sclerosis Center, Dr. Mao-Draayer leads a robust research program of neurologists and other medical professionals focused on improving understanding of neurological disorders and developing innovative treatments.

Dr. Mao-Draayer

Lea Nerens is a MS community leader and advocate. She has been impacted by Multiple Sclerosis for over sixteen years and wages a fierce battle with the disease. She is a true inspiration to the Yoga Moves MS community and Detroit Area as a top fundraiser for the National MS Society.

Lea Nerens

Dr. Boudouris works at the Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) and is deeply committed to advancing the field of neurology and has been recognized repeatedly as one of the area’s most respected neurologists. As Chairman, Department of Neurology and Assistant Program Director, Department of Neurology, Corewell Health-Farmington Hills, Boudouris has served as a sub-investigator for a significant number of clinical trials and research studies in the area of multiple sclerosis.

Under Dr. Mao-Draayer’s leadership at the University of Michigan, the university participated in some of the most groundbreaking clinical trials for MS. She has authored over 80 abstracts and 75 publications directed at understanding the pathogenesis of MS. Winning the UM Making a Difference Award and the US “Best Doctors” Patients’ Choice Award, she has excelled and dedicated her work to her patients, teaching, and research, in every area. She continues clinical trials to improve the quality of life and hope to patients and family of MS with the MIND team.

Lea Nerens is a MS community leader and advocate. She has been impacted by Multiple Sclerosis for over sixteen years and wages a fierce battle with the disease. She is a true inspiration to the Yoga Moves MS community and Detroit Area as a top fundraiser for the National MS Society.

Dixboro Caravan Band

The Dixboro Caravan Band entertained the crowd with timeless sounds and warm tones that made us smile, clap along, and get up and dance! They played classic tunes from Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp, Elvis, Billy Joel, Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, and Joe Cocker. Our thanks goes to band member singer O’C, bass player Bobby, lead guitarist Fred, drummer Bruce, and keyboardist and sax player Joel.

 

Interactive Art Experience with Daniel Cascardo

The Art Action Experience was an interactive mural making process for attendees. Artist Daniel Cascardo uses black paint to create a variety of abstract and symbiotic imagery on canvas or three dimensional surfaces. Once completed attendees were invited to add color, pattern, shapes, and other visual elements to the surface. The surface was transformed into a “snapshot of the moment” in a real time interactive art event. Cascardo completed the piece in his studio making it truly a fantastic and a professional work of art.

Tumbleweed Circus

Keara, aptly nicknamed ‘Tumbleweed,’ embodied the essence of her namesake. With effortless grace and agility, she twirled herself and objects around her, her curly hair adding to her distinct persona. Tumbleweed’s skating career began as a teenager, when she would welcome shoppers at her parents’ roller rink turned retail store Leon & Lulu— serving customers coffee and cookies while they shopped. Trained in various disciplines including roller skating, fire performance, stilt walking, juggling, knot throwing, lasso tricks, and clowning, she captivated the audience.

Behind the scenes

Thanks so much to our committee who’s efforts made the evening such a success and to our sponsors Biogen, Genentech, Novartis, Sanofi, EMD Serond, Red Lotus Yoga, LITH printing and Graphics, Good Karma Yoga Studio, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.