Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi joined Susan Sarandon, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Eileen Guggenheim, Jill Flint, Aasif Mandvi and a host of other notable New Yorkers at the 3rd Annual Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball at The New York Public Library on March 18 to celebrate Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Hosts of the evening, Lakshmi and Dr. Seckin, co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) as a result of a lifelong to advance and for endometriosis, a disease that affects one in ten women worldwide.

The red carpet event included a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live auction, speeches by notable attendees including Susan Sarandon, a special performance by Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto and dancing with music provided by DJ Pitch One.

The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide hope to women suffering from the debilitating effects of endometriosis and associated diseases. Statistics prove that at least 176 million women suffer from endometriosis worldwide, a figure twice the number of Alzheimer’s patients and seven times those with Parkinson’s disease. The disease is a leading cause of female infertility and is more prevalent than breast cancer, yet continues to be treated as an insignificant, obscure ailment. The event will follow the EFA’s Second Annual two-day medical conference, which unties global opinion leaders on endometriosis from the realms of molecular science, research, industry, surgery and those struggling with the illness.

Through combining research and education, the EFA exists to help the women who suffer from endometriosis by spreading awareness and actively working to find a permanent cure. For more information, visit www.endofound.org.

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