SIPS for Sickle Cell Hosts Pre-Valentine’s Gala and Silent Auction

New York Influencers in Politics, Business and Music Unite to Fight Sickle Cell Disease

SIPS for Sickle Cell (SIPS), a nonprofit organization commissioned to raise awareness and support for sickle cell disease, will host a pre-Valentine’s Day gala and silent auction to help impact the lives of children living with the disease.

Sips 4 Sickle CellThe red carpet affair, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at Lexicon lounge in midtown Manhattan, will unite some of the city’s most notable people and organizations in music, medicine, business, art, politics and food including hosts Sylvia Rhone of Vested In Culture/Sony Music, Gwen Niles of Bad Boy, famed NYC radio’s Ebro Darden, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Chef Roble, Black Googlers Network, New York Urban League Young Professionals, Howard University School of Law Alumni Club, Dimensional Sports Inc., New York Super Bowl champion Antonio Pierce of Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, and Smile Design Gallery.

“For three years, we have hosted events like this to help increase our impact on the lives of children living with sickle cell disease and this year we have received an exceptional amount of support,” Jennifer Goldson, founder, said. “Sickle cell is often called the forgotten disease and we at SIPS want to make sure it is not forgotten again. It is vital that we all come together with philanthropic programs like SIPS to support the children of our community that are afflicted.”

The guest experience will include entertainment from DJ Commish, performers Sophia Nicole from the Lion King and Marshall Davis from Happy Feet Two, a live auction, sponsored cocktails and light fare as well as plenty of meaningful networking opportunities.

“Some families carry within them the trait of sickle cell anemia, a debilitating disease that can cause one to suffer fatigue, pain, and infection. But with the help of SIPS for Sickle Cell, we are well on our way toward bringing greater awareness in hopes of finding a cure,” Inez Dickens said, NYC Councilwoman & ass’t deputy majority leader.

All proceeds will benefit the Comprehensive Sickle Cell program at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Provisions are tax deductible and will be coupled with letters of gratitude from Cohen Children’s Hospital and Sips for Sickle Cell. The event and participants will be mentioned in “Cohen Children’s &North Shore LlJ’s Kids First Magazine”.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here:

View pics from the event here.


Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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