Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Founder Tamer Seckin, M.D. and Co-founder Padma Lakshmi joined a star-studded crowd at the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball & Their Second Annual Medical and Scientific Conference.

Susan Sarandon

Bridget Moynahan

Celebrity Hairstylist Alma G. With Joan Smalls

Madame Paulette President John Mahdessian
With Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi

Gilles Mendel With Gail Simmons

Director Deborah Castillero With Dr. Mehmet Oz
And Founder Tamer Seckin MD

A unique audience of the fashionable, scientific and medical-crowd was seen making their way up the candlelit steps of the New York Public Library into the Stephen Schwarzman building to attend the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) 3rd Annual Blossom Ball. The charitable event was hosted by Founder Tamer Seckin, M.D., Co-founder Padma Lakshmi and co-chairs Susan Sarandon, Eileen Guggenheim and Cindi Leive, with entertainment and music by Grammy-nominated songstress Bebel Gilberto. The fundraiser dinner brought out a large crowd of supporters including Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show, Actress Bridget Moynahan and Jill Flint, Models Joan Smalls and Nicole Trunfio, Film Director Joel T. Schumacher, Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons, Fashion Designer Gilles Mendel, Celebrity Hairstylist Alma G. of the Alma Salon NYC, Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show, Madame Paulette President John Mahdessian, Artist DVANDE, Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and New York Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck.

As the first to take the stage, Dr. Oz introduced Lakshmi—complimenting her courage and her successful fight against endometriosis. Hugging Dr. Oz, Lakshmi gave a brief speech, thanking all those who attended and believe in the foundation, as well as acknowledging EFA’s Executive Director Deborah Castillero. She then introduced her co-host, as well as her doctor and friend, Tamer Seckin, M.D. The foundation honored Keynote Honorees, Dr. Caroline Gargett, BAppSci, MAppSci, PhD and David B. Redwine, MD, FACOG, ACGE, for their tremendous efforts and dedication to fighting endometriosis, as Dr. Seckin thanked guests “for coming for women who are not in the room, but who will one day remember what we are trying to do.” Following the honorees, co-chair Susan Sarandon took the stage and was met by enthusiastic applause, reminding men that “just because you’re a man doesn’t mean this doesn’t affect you… show her that you care, be a real man!” As a woman previously diagnosed with endometriosis, Sarandon closed her speech by encouraging early education, not just for young women, but for doctors as well.

During the speeches, guests were treated to a seated dinner crafted by Convivium Catering, with drinks sponsored by Terlato Wines. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on an assortment of items from Charitybuzz, which include two tickets to Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year Awards on November 7, 2011 and a seven-night-stay at The Grenadines Palm Island Resort. The online auction will end March 30, 2011. To view items or bid, please click here.

With an exclusive performance by Bebel Gilberto rounding out the night, attendees were treated to a tote gift bag full of exciting goodies from Alma Salon NYC, Angelo David Salon, Glamour Magazine, Lair Restaurant & Lounge, Madame Paulette® Professional Stain Removal Kit, Philippe by Philippe Chow, Popchips, Pure Yoga, Quintessentially Delicious, SARAR, skin by Monica Olsen, SoulCycle® as well as stationary designed by artist Masha D’yans.

The soirĂ©e took place at the same time as the EFA’s Second Annual two-day medical conference in which global experts and opinion leaders on endometriosis came together from the realms of molecular science, research, industry, surgery and those struggling with the illness. Throughout both days of the conference, one significant message was clear: women are suffering, being misdiagnosed and continuously mistreated. The event, chaired by Tamer Seckin, M.D, brought together an international panel of endometriosis experts along with Keynote Honorees, Caroline Gargett, BAppSci, MAppSci, PhD and David B. Redwine, MD, FACOG, ACGE, and expert speakers including Asgerally T. Fazleabas, PhD, Pinar Kodaman, MD, PhD, Linda Griffith, PhD, Keith Isaacson, MD, William Rodgers, MD, PhD, Victor Gomel, MD, Marta Meana, PhD, C.Y. Liu, MD, Harry Reich, MD, Resad Pasic, MD, Juan Salgado-Morales, MD and others. At its core, the Foundation’s second annual scientific symposium dared to tackle dyspareunia— a provocative, politically-charged conundrum that has never before been presented in a dedicated setting. Taking place at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City, the conference was also comprised of patient workshops

Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) provides a voice to endometriosis, which is estimated to affect the lives of 1 in 10 women. Through extensive research and collaboration with scientists, women’s health professionals and patients, EFA strives to further develop public knowledge and awareness of endometriosis by promoting early diagnosis and effective intervention. EFA tours university campuses, as while as plans and executes scientific and educational events designed to promote dialogue and progress in disease understanding and treatment.

For further information on the Endometriosis Foundation of America, please visit

Photos By: Liam McMullan/Patrick McMullan Company