AUSTIN -- One of KVUE's most inspiring guests, Adalia Rose, recently held a fundraiser Aug. 4 at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In.
Adalia, a Round Rock resident, has been battling progeria, a rare genetic condition that leads to premature aging in children.
Team Adalia: The Texas Chapter of the Progeria Research Foundation has done several fundraisers to help raise both money and awareness for progeria research, but organizers say this event was definitely the most uniquely "Austin."
"Not only did they (Blue Starlite) put the evening together for us and accomodate us in every way possible, there were some fun touches that made the evening really special," said Director of Outreach for Team Adalia Rebecca Price.
The evening started with a "meet and greet" with Adalia and many of her fans and friends. She has almost seven million fans on Facebook.
"Adalia has a special way of drawing people in. People seem to instantly fall in love with her, and this night was no different. Adalia's smiles were contagious, and her whole extended family was present and beaming. The beautiful sunset provided a dramatic backdrop as people mingled and met one another," Price said.
After the Blue Starlite surprised the crowd with a favorite videos of Adalia singing and dancing, it was time for the movie to begin. The original "Grease" was shown. It's Adalia's favorite movie.
The event raised more than $1,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to the Progeria Research Foundation in honor of Adalia.
If you are interested in donating to make a difference in the lives of kids with progeria, the PRF is currently running their One Possible national campaign. The PRF takes care of all the children with progeria around the world. Forty new children have been identified recently, and the One Possible campaign is raising funds to get those children the medical care they need, which all comes from donations. Click here for more information on the One Possible campaign.
To keep up with fundraisers Team Adalia does, click here to follow the chapter on Facebook.