Supermodel Heidi Klum and Alejandro Domingo were honored on Thursday night by the largest bone marrow donor network in the world, DKMS, at the organization’s sixth annual gala.
Though typically the one in the spotlight, Heidi Klum lent her support for a great cause on Thursday when she attended the sixth annual DKMS gala to raise awareness for the world’s bone marrow donor network. Emceed by Nate Berkus, the event also featured musical performances by LP and Skylar Grey.
Klum and Santo Domingo were the gala’s honorees and met with Katharina Harf, the founder of the charity, who was visibly pregnant. Harf founded the organization in 1990 following her mother’s death from leukemia.
“My mother made my father promise to keep fighting, even after she knew she wasn’t going to make it,“ Harf said.
Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc. Bernd Beetz presented Klum with her award and Klum said, “You see these video clips on television or you read about it, but when you actually see it live in front of your eyes it is so different. I hope that everyone here tonight walks away and remembers this moment, and talks about what they can do, and gets swabbed themselves.”
DKMS has raised $33 million to date and Harf said that Thursday’s fundraising totals would allow the charity to register a total of 36,000 new bone marrow donors.