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On Thursday October 3rd, 2013 the 5th Annual Bella's Buddies Golf Outing was held at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge NY. We had a tremendous turnout with almost 130 golfers and almost 150 people in attendance for the dinner. We raised almost $35,000 for the RDH12 Fund for Sight. Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers, DHC Attorneys at Law, Alba Power, Merrick Utilities, the Freeport Electric department, the Freeport Fire department as well as countless others for helping us reach our goal.

Past Updates


Bella's Buddies 3rd Annual Dinner Dance

On Saturday March 9th, 2013 the 3rd Annual Bella's Buddies Dinner dance raised $20,000 for the RDH12 Fund for Sight. Over 40 Baskets were raffled off, and some great items were sold at the silent auction. It was another very successful fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who helped us pull this off, set everything up, made a raffle basket or made a donation. We truly appreciate your help.


Bella's Buddies 4th Annual Golf Outing

On Thursday September 27th, 2012 the 4th Annual Bella's Buddies Golf Outing was held at the Stonebridge Golf Links and Country Club in Smithtown NY. It was a huge success and we raised just under $40,000 for the RDH12 Fund for Sight. Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers, Alba Power, and RJ Industries, for helping us reach our goal. Next year we're hoping for more sponsorships and we've set our sights on raising $50,000!


RDH12 @ University of Michigan

In June of 2012, Dr. Deb Thompson and the University of Michigan received $85,000 from the RDH12 Fund for Sight. This equates to the first installment of a two year commitment to continue her research on the RDH12 gene replacement therapy. Completion of these studies will be an important step towards gaining approval to begin a human clinical trial.


Bella's Buddies 2nd Annual Dinner Dance

On Saturday March 24th, 2012 the 2nd annual Bella's Buddies dinner dance was held at the New Hyde Park Nights of Columbus. There were over 160 guests who were treated to dinner, drinks, dancing and a Chinese auction with over 35 gift baskets raffled off. It was a great time. The event was a huge success as we rose over $23,500 for the RDH12 Fund for Sight. Thank you to everyone who helped donated a gift basket and thank you to everyone who helped us pull of this very successful fundraiser.


Bella's Buddies 3rd Annual Golf Outing

On Thursday October 6th, 2011, the 3rd annual Bella's Buddies golf outing was held at the Stonebridge Golf and Country club in Smithtown NY. The weather was great, and there were almost 120 participants who were treated to lunch/golf/dinner and some great raffle prizes. Together we raised $24,843 for the RDH12 Fund for Sight. Thanks to all who helped make it the success that it was.


Bella and Friends Present a Donation

On March 28th, 2011 the RDH12 Fund for Sight donated $70,000 to Dr. Jean Bennett and her team of scientists at the University of Pennsylvania to start pre-clinical proof of concept work on a gene therapy cure for RDH12-LCA.

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