Edwin Brookins’ ‘Party With a Purpose’ to Increase Lupus Awareness

Edgar Brookins of the Afro American Newspapers, also known as “Mr. DC,” is set to host his annual “Birthday Party With a Purpose” on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md., to raise awareness and funds for lupus.

Brookins’ daughter Ciera, a 25-year-old Morgan University student, died three years ago from lupus, an autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects women of color.

“I have dedicated myself to the memory of Ciera by doing all I can to increase the knowledge and awareness of lupus within our communities of color and contributing to the ongoing research into the causes of lupus and eventually, a cure for this dreaded disease … living life without lupus NOW,” Brookins said.

The annual fundraiser in memory of Ciera, which attracts more than 200 supporters, will be from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit the Ciera Brookins Lupus Educational Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit created in honor of Brookins’ daughter.

A tax-deductible donation of $75 per person includes a brunch buffet, live entertainment, an awards presentation, and more.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle to raise additional money for lupus. Additionally, keeping with Ciera’s memory and beholden to her legacy, local DMV women fighting and winning the battle against lupus will be honored for the first time this year.

The inaugural awards ceremony will salute Kionne Abdul-Malik, Jacqueline Pressey and Lillian Wilkinson Maynor.

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