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Thursday 27 September 2012 @ 15:47 - GMT

On November 2, the Tay-Sachs Charity Auction will be held at the Holiday Inn in Westlake, OH.

 

Kenneth Bihn, who heads the Tay-Sachs Foundation, tells EJW that the goods include an autographed, framed black and white photograph of the Rocket Man.
 
He says they made a request by mail in 2008, and that ''Elton was kind enough to donate an autographed picture.''

 

Bihn continues:

 

''We offered the photo at the 2008 event and it sold to Rick Karl.  Rick and his partner, Bruce Steiger, had a child via surrogate (Krystie Karl-Steiger) and amazingly that child had Tay-Sachs disease. 

 

''Rick donated the photograph back this year as they are desperately working to help us raise funds to push Tay-Sachs research to clinical trial. Krystie is very sick and time is running out.

 

''Rick has been a huge supporter of the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation and one of our best fundraisers. 

 

''We are pushing toward clinical trials by March 2013.''

 

Last year's gala sold out, netting over $100,000 - the organisation's most successful since being founded in June 2007. So far the CTSF has raised almost $2.2 million for Tay-Sachs disease research.

 

Because there is not enough room, the November benefit is limited to 320 people. 

 

There are still tickets available as of press time - they are $70 for adults and $40 for kids. A full table of 10 is $70. 

 

If you are interested in attending or donating an item of your own that has been signed by Elton, please phone (216) 812-5855.