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FAQs

Do you have questions about the upcoming 2020 Be The Match Gala? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we have answered below to help provide you more information.

If your question is not answered below, please contact Event Manager, Amanda Albertson at aalbert2@nmdp.org. We look forward to you joining us on Saturday, September 26th! 

What is Be The Match's Mission?


Our mission at Be The Match is simple—but profoundly important: We save lives through cellular therapy.

For people with life-threatening blood cancers and diseases, a cure exists through a bone marrow transplant from a genetically matched donor. However, 70% of patients do not have a match within their family, so they must rely on the Be The Match Registry to find an unrelated donor.Currently, not every patient in need is able to find a closely matched donor, especially ethnically diverse patients. Our vision is to democratize cell therapy, ensuring that all patients in need receive a life-saving transplant. Providing equal outcomes for all.




What time do I tune in?


6:00 PM CST: Social Hour, Recognition & Entertainment
Grab a beverage, mingle with your small group, or sit back and relax, and tune in for special messages, entertainment, auction updates, and hear from some of our top supporters.

7:00 PM CST: Gala Program
Witness Be The Match's mission come to life during our virtual program. Hear from newly appointed CEO, Amy Ronneberg, messages from our special guests, witness the inspiring moment when a patient meets his life-saving donor for the very first time, and hear from a searching patient who is still fighting to find their perfect match. Together, we will come together, raise funds, and save more lives.

8:00 PM CST: Entertainment & After-Party
The party doesn't have to stop when the program ends! Dance the night away to our featured entertainment and DJ.




Where can I watch the program?


The program will be streamed on the home page of this website bethematch.org/gala as well as Be The Match's Facebook page. Stay tuned for updates on Be The Match's Instagram @BeTheMatch. Share with us on your social channels how you're tuning in for the event using @BeTheMatch and #TogetherWeCure.




The video keeps glitching/freezing - what do I do?


Technology is a beautiful thing. Something we often can’t predict/control. Try ‘Refreshing’ your window/browser or re-opening the link/application. IF still frozen, please be patient with us as we work vigorously behind the scenes to get things cleared up!




Why register?


By RSVPing to the event you will be sent updated event information and access to the online auction!




I have a partner/spouse who will be participating with me. Do we need to register separately?


No – it is not necessary to register separately if you will be utilizing the same payment method. However, if you choose to bid against each other.. we would suggest registering separately with your individual accounts.




What should I wear?


You are encouraged to dress up and have fun! Make it an evening to look forward to and celebrate, leave your sweatpants behind! Show us your Gala from home look on Instagram and tag @bethematch and #TogetherWeCure




When will my credit card be billed for the auction item I purchased?


You can expect your credit card to be filled the following week. We like to make sure we have everything confirmed and squared away on our end before we press CHARGE on yours!




Do I have to pick-up my silent auction items or can they be mailed to me?


For those that are local to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area we will offer Auction item pick-up times at the Be The Match headquarters more information to come. For national winners, we will be sending the items via FedEx the following 1-2 weeks. Thank you for being patient with us!




Shoot I’m going to miss the event! Will the program be available to watch after September 26th?


Yes – following September 26th the full program will be available via the event website and on the Be The Match YouTube channel.





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