Please join us for our 22nd Annual
“Sweetness & Laughter” And See the Light Awards

At 22, the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation has celebrated wonderful progress in gene therapy clinical trials, education and genetic testing for many affected children and families with fatal genetic diseases of the brain. Still there is so much more to do including earlier detection and expanded treatment availability.

Our “Sweetness & Laughter” Gala symbolizes how laughter helps these sweet children and their families cope with this devastation.

22 Still So Much to Do!

Sweetness and Laughter Gala

Sunday, March 15, 2020 • 11:00 AM

The Broward Center For the Performing Arts

The Porter Riverview Ballroom and Au-Rene Theater
201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312



Sumptuous Brunch in the
Porter Riverview Ballroom


Inspirational Program


“See the Light” Awards


“Mean Girls” Broadway Show
in the Au-Rene Theater


Attire: Business Broadway Casual

The Hilarious Broadway Musical “Mean Girls” from Tina Fey & Lorne Michaels will provide the therapy.

“‘Mean Girls’ is not a regular musical. It’s a cool musical. A dazzling, hilarious marvel!”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Hilarious! A smart, splashy new musical with immense energy and a wicked sense of humor. It’s witty, worldly and wise!”
-New York Magazine

“See the Light” Awards Honorees:

Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center and the Associate Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine

Oralea Marquardt, M.S.W.
Vice President of National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association and Advisory Board of the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation


Adolph and Rose Levis Foundation
Kathy and Ron Assaf
Drs. Lorrie and Lloyd Berkowitz
Joan and Evan Deoul
Dave and Sherry Gold Foundation
Judy Levis Markhoff

Stella and Cliff Marks
Linda & Harry Meran
Lisajane and Kevin Romer
Dr. Marcelle and Andrew Rosen
Karen and Eric Schiffer / Sheila
Joan and Michael Siegel