NYC Event Raises $1Million For PIVOT!
On Saturday, March 11th, eighty-five guests gathered at New York City’s Candle Cafe West for a unique science fair-style fundraising event that raised over $1,000,000 to support PIVOT’s ongoing efforts in Ifanadiana District, Madagascar!
Members of the event’s host committee pledged to match all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $500K. Throughout the evening, guests texted in their pledges and watched our digital fundraising thermometer climb in real time as the total reached and exceeded the $500K challenge mark, resulting in a total of $1,001,558 being raised to benefit PIVOT programs.
In addition to raising funds, this event highlighted PIVOT’s research agenda and scientific collaborations. Collaborators set up stations around the space to discuss their work with guests and field questions about PIVOT’s work. Those featured included:
- Haripriya Mukundarajan: PhD student in Stanford University’s Prakash Lab, directed by MacArthur Genius and PIVOT board member Manu Prakash
Prakash’s team is partnering with PIVOT on disease surveillance and diagnostics based on novel frugal science technologies. Hari offered demonstrations of her team’s various innovations, including their $1 paper Foldscope, paper centrifuges, and other technologies that are shifting the restrictions of scientific possibility in resource-constrained settings.
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- Jeff Freeman: Research Associate, Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University
Partnering with PIVOT on novel blood spot tests for diagnosing tuberculosis in resource-restricted, austere environments, Jeff is preparing for his field work in Madagascar this coming summer. His research serves as an example of how PIVOT’s presence in Madagascar is creating a space for scientific innovations to be put to use for social good.
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- Ann Miller and Andres Garchitorena: PIVOT Research Team and Harvard Medical School
Leading PIVOT’s field-based data collection and research systems, both are working with our Madagascar-based Monitoring & Evaluation team to measure and rigorously analyze the impact of our programs using the comprehensive population-level baseline data collected before the beginning of PIVOT’s intervention.
Many thanks to our dedicated host committee members Vincent Della Pietra & Barbara Amonson, Stephen Della Pietra & Pam Hurst-Della Pietra, Jason & Casey Ellin, Michael & Stacey Gargiulo, Jim & Robin Herrnstein, Ed & Ann Norton, Edward Norton & Shauna Robertson, and Yunyoung Shin for making this event possible. It was an exciting night for the PIVOT community and a significant step forward in providing quality health care and strengthening the public health system in Madagascar.