Seattle Mariners Mike Marjama & Fashion Innovator Becca McCharen-Tran to be Honored at 16th Annual NEDA Gala

Seattle Mariners Mike Marjama & Fashion Innovator Becca McCharen-Tran to be Honored at 16th Annual NEDA Gala

May 16th Benefit Dinner to Raise Funds for Eating Disorder Research & Prevention

Honorees include Bruce Mosler, Mike Marjama, and Becca McCharen-Tran, Emceed by Iskra Lawrence

NEW YORK CITY — May 14, 2018 — For Immediate Release — The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) will host its 16th annual benefit gala, An Evening in Full Color, May 16 at The Pierre in New York City, raising crucial funds to support its research, education and advocacy programs.

Being honored with the Spirit of Courage award is Seattle Mariners pitcher Mike Marjama for openly sharing his personal experience with an eating disorder to inspire others, especially men and boys, to seek the help and support they deserve.

Emceeing the event is Iskra Lawrence, model, NEDA ambassador and creator of the NEDA Inspires Seal of Approval—an Award which represents social responsibility in advertising, image and editorial content that challenges the thin “ideal.” Lawrence will present the 2018 NEDA Inspires award to Becca McCharen-Tran, founder and creative director of the architectural womenswear line CHROMAT, for her work advocating for representation and diversity on the runway and designing to empower peopleof all sizes, ages, and across the gender spectrum through perfectly fit garments for every body.

The Profile in Leadership Award will be presented to Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, Cushman and Wakefield, for his ongoing philanthropic commitment to diversity, representation, and advocacy in the mental health space.

WHO: Seattle Mariners Pitcher Mike Marjama; Designer Becca McCharen-Tran, Founder of CHROMAT; Iskra Lawrence; and Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield

WHAT: The National Eating Disorders Association’s Annual Gala 2018

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16 –Reception, 6 p.m. / Dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Pierre Hotel, 2 E. 61st St., New York City

Commented Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA, “Eating disorders are life-threatening diseases with socio-biological influences that can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion or profession. We thank Mike Marjama for using his platform as a Major League Baseball star to reach other men who may be struggling and Becca McCharen-Tran for her leadership in changing the way the fashion industry views beauty. By working together, we can continue to raise awareness and ensure the millions of Americans affected by eating disorders can get the help they deserve.”

Dinner Chair is Shelly Steinwurtzel, PsyD. Serving as Corporate Co-Chairs are Frank Bisignano, First Data; Mark Brown, Brookfield Property Group; Ric Clark, Brookfield Property Group; Louis D’Avanzo, Cushman & Wakefield; Dan LePage, RBC Capital Markets; and Glenn Shannon, Shorenstein Properties.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or another specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). 

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in New York City, is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. For more information, visit  

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