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Boston Event Raises Over $250,000 for Accordia

Accordia International Council member Nancy Brady mobilizes network in support of Accordia.

December 10, 2010, Washington DC - Nancy Brady, sister of New England Patriot's star quarterback Tom Brady, helped raise over $250,000 at a holiday fundraiser for Accordia Global Health Foundation on Tuesday, December 7, at the critically-acclaimed L'Espalier Restaurant in Boston. Nancy, a member of Accordia's International Council, spent six months at Accordia's flagship program, the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, as part of a Pfizer Global Health Fellowship. Contributions from guests and other supporters, auction proceeds, and matching gifts from Accordia board members made up the total raised.

"I am so thrilled we were able to raise over a quarter-million dollars for Accordia and its flagship program, the Infectious Diseases Institute," shared Nancy Brady. "This support will help grow critical research, training, and clinical care programs, empowering more Africans in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and to thrive!"

Among the 150 guests were Tom Brady; supermodel Gisele Bündchen; Mike O'Malley, star of the Emmy-winning series, Glee; businessman and philanthropist Charles "Chad" Gifford; Boston Celtics star Ray Allen; and Boston Red Sox players Kevin Youkilis and Jason Varitek. Accordia and IDI attendees included board members Zanne Sande Mrlik and Don Holzworth; IDI executive director Dr. Alex Coutinho; IDI clinic director Dr. Andrew Kambugu; and Accordia executive director Carol Spahn.

"Through her personal experience as a Pfizer fellow at Accordia’s Infectious Diseases Institute in Uganda, Nancy was inspired by the stories of our trainees - doctors and nurses that become real leaders in their communities. In turn, Nancy has inspired countless others to get involved. She is real testament to what is possible,” said Accordia executive director Carol Spahn.

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