11 Foundation: “The Journey Back” Gala + Giveaway

February 19, 2011. The day that Nick Ventura’s life was forever changed. On a snowboarding trip with his friends in Ellicottville, NY, Nick suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and spent the following 18 weeks of his life at the PICU at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.

At one point, the doctors told Nick’s family the chances of him making it through the first night were slim. Miraculously, following emergency surgery, physical, occupational, and speech therapy 6 days a week, Nick learned how to eat, walk, and talk again. Nick is no longer in therapy, but he continues to show improvement and is currently a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School.


In honor of Nick and TBI, his family created the 11 Foundation with the mission to support families and TBI survivors in need. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish the Ventura family has endured. And they endured it with positive attitudes and graciousness.

‘The Journey Back’ Inaugural Gala is a benefit supporting TBI survivors and their families presented by the 11 Foundation and Lago Restaurant.


The event will take place Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aloft Hotel with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The silent auctions features sports memorabilia, an LCD TV, a Fahrenheit Dinner Package, hotel accommodations, gift baskets and more.

The cost for this event is $100.00 per person or $175.00 for two tickets. Purchase now. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the event by:

1. Like 11 Foundation on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. Follow 11 Foundation on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.
4. Tweet the following (leave a comment each time you tweet): ‘I want to win tickets to @11_foundation’s The Journey Back Gala supporting brain injury survivors from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/1fQSUrD’

Be sure to leave a comment as I will randomly draw the winner from the comments section. You can tweet once per day. I will draw and contact the winners Monday, March 17.

Good luck and show your love to 11 Foundation by following their social media channels!

Disclaimer: I am friend’s with Nick’s dad, Brian, and volunteered to promote the event. All opinions are mine.

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