Gems For Hope Fundraiser To Benefit The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center

Friday, October 18, 2013
The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center announced that Edward and Carley Boehm are chairing the 2nd Gems for Hope fundraiser to commemorate the Center’s 50th anniversary. Gems for Hope will be held Saturday, November 2, at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

This event will feature live and silent auctions showcasing fine jewelry, gemstones, minerals, artwork, and gift packages. Music will be provided by Ben Friberg Trio. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar with wine and beer. 

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Center, a local nonprofit organization with the mission to make a difference in the lives of children born with birth defects of the brain and spinal column, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus. In 1963, Chattanooga neurosurgeon Walter E. Boehm founded the Center, which offers clients comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care, including medical, financial and psychosocial assistance.  

Today, the Center serves over 650 patients across the Southeast.  This legacy has continued with the ongoing support and dedication of Boehm family members, including neurosurgeons Peter Boehm, Peter Boehm, Jr., and the late Walter M. Boehm, as well as volunteers Jeff Boehm, Janet and Bill Horton, and Denise Wilson.  Additionally, neurosurgeon Timothy Strait, and pediatric urologist Paul Zmaj regularly volunteer their time and service to the Center at its weekly clinics.  



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