Glenview Mansion

The Whatever It Takes Gala is a benefit to support research between autoimmune disorders and brain health. Proceeds will benefit Pediatric Research & Advocacy Initiative (PRAI).

PRAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming the lives of children suffering from immune-related neuropsychiatric disorders by advocating for quality care and funding cutting-edge research.

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Event Details

Join us for a fun red carpet event in a historic mansion. Enjoy dinner with guest chefs, free flowing local beer, wine, cocktails and mocktails. There will be lots of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Relish the art gallery and gorgeous gardens and meet our special guest speaker, author and advocate, Beth Maloney. Night will include silent auction, DJ, and dancing. Black tie optional.

Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD
6pm - 11pm

General Admission Tickets

Table: $1,100 (8 tickets and assigned table)

Tickets: $150

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel: Cambria Hotel Rockville
Group Name: PRAI Whatever It Takes Gala
Booking Link: Choice Hotels Reservations
Phone: (301) 294-2200 and ask to make a group reservation under the “PRAI Whatever It Takes Gala” room block
Cost: $114/night (plus tax) for either a King room or 2 Queens

Special Guests

Beth Alison Maloney is the author of the ground-breaking memoir, Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD. Sammy, then twelve, transformed within weeks from an easy-going boy to a compulsion-ridden shell of his former self. He was diagnosed with OCD and Tourette’s, without any thought given to causation. When Ms. Maloney later learned of the link between pediatric mental illness and strep, she insisted that Sammy be tested. And although he’d never had any traditional symptoms of strep, he turned up positive for the infection. Eventually, he was properly diagnosed with PANDAS, received appropriate treatment, and recovered. Sold to Random House in a bidding war, Booklist called Saving Sammy "a stirring account of a mother’s determination and a boy’s astonishing bravery that makes you want to stand up and cheer.” The book led to national awareness of strep-triggered mental illness and a groundswell of parental demand for treatment. Seeking to further close the information gap between parents and doctors, Ms. Maloney next wrote the empowering Childhood Interrupted: The Complete Guide to PANDAS and PANS. In addition to the Today Show, Ms. Maloney’s appearances and interviews include network and cable shows, NPR and other radio stations, internet and podcast programs, and multiple articles in print and online. In 2015, Ms. Maloney was named by the Wall Street Journal in “5 Things to Know About PANS.” She has spoken at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Leaving “the medicine to the doctors,” she will share why she wrote Saving Sammy, how it was sold, give us a glimpse of the pages that ended up in the recycling bin, and offer a snapshot of what she hopes accomplish next.

Dr. Elizabeth Latimer opened the Latimer Neurology Center 5 years ago where she works with a wide variety of neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism and migraine patients, but is known as a specialist for PANDAS patients. Dr. Latimer is proud to help children with these conditions get the treatment they need and improve their quality of life. Dr. Latimer has authored numerous scientific studies furthering PANDAS research.

Prior to opening her own practice, she served as the chief of the Child Neurology Division at Georgetown University Hospital for five years and had practiced at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Dr. Latimer has also had the honor of presenting at several events for the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Neurology, in national news media, and was interviewed by ABC's 20/20 for her expertise and commitment to patients suffering from PANDAS. She has been a speaker for NIH, Pandas Working Group and International OCD foundation. She has been named as a Top Doctor by the Washingtonian Magazine continuously from 1994-2012.