DPHA Auction To Benefit Stricken Member

DPHA Auction To Benefit Stricken Member

Bethesda, MD The members and leadership of the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association (DPHA) are sponsoring a silent auction at the association's Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, FL next month to benefit Angela Neumann's ongoing treatment for multiple myeloma.

Ms. Neumann, of R. Christensen Hardware, was diagnosed with the disease in December of 2002, and received a bone marrow transplant in July of 2003, according to DPHA President Jamie Gregg, of the Torrington, CT-based Colonial Bronze.

"Her physicians determined that a second bone marrow transplant is needed to help assure long-term survival," Gregg explained, noting that the second transplant is not covered financially under Medicare guidelines, and Ms. Neumann and her family are being forced to foot the bill.

"With the assistance of the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) and the generosity of her family, friends and peers in the industry, more than $68,000 of the $100,000 needed for her medical treatment has been raised," Gregg said.

The DPHA has set the $32,000 balance needed to complete her treatment as the goal for the auction.

"There are no rules or boundaries for donations," Gregg explained, adding that the only guideline is that items must have a minimum value of $100.

The DPHA Board of Directors has donated a conference registration and accommodations for the 2005 DPHA Annual Meeting at La Quinta in Palm Springs, CA. Other DPHA members have committed merchandise, trips, and rare bottles of wine.

Additional information on the DPHA Silent Auction to Benefit Angela Neumann can be obtained by contacting the DPHA, 7900 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 305, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone: (888) 411-8477.