James Naughton – Tony & Drama Desk Award winning star of stage and screen better known as William van der Bilt on Gossip Girls – will lend his talents once again to the National Meningitis Association Give Kids a Shot! Gala 2012.

The event takes place Monday April 23, 2012 at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York 10019; Cocktails & Silent Auction 6:30pm followed by Dinner & the NMA Awards. This signature fundraising event will help NMA continue and expand its vital work in the fight against meningitis

During the 1990’s, there was a significant increase in the number of adolescents and young adults killed or disabled by meningococcal meningitis; young people who were seemingly healthy, vibrant and often athletic. Most of the families were unaware of a vaccine that could have saved their children’s lives or anguish. The National Meningitis Association (NMA), a non-profit organization, was formed in 2002 by parents whose children were killed or disabled by meningitis. Since then, NMA has created educational programs that reach millions of people each year with information about available immunizations and disease symptoms and thoughtful, comprehensive support programs for families devastated by the ravages of the disease

MC for the event is actor Richard Thomas, and the Honorary Committee includes Steve Buscemi, Adam Graves, Amy Madigan & Ed Harris, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Susan Sarandon, Charlie Sheen and many more.

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