A note of thanks from Karli

Last Wednesday was as magical as it gets with the bright joy of giving. I want to personally thank all of our vendors, donors, shoppers, and overall supporters for being there and supporting us for our second year joining Mrs. Judson in her Holiday Boutique. Thank you to everyone that took time out of your busy schedules to support our cause. The wonderful conversations I had with all of you last Wednesday night truly made my heart smile and no amount of words of thanks and appreciation will be able to fully convey the depth of my gratitude. I am so blessed to be surrounded by a group of people who are empathetic, selfless and overall wonderful people. Thank you for opening your hearts to Double Strand. 

Merry Christmas to you all and a healthy and happy 2020!

Much love (as always),

Karli Wallace



Event Recap

The holiday boutique was a fun, heartwarming night of friendship and raised over $15,000 for VHL cancer research! The rain stopped just in time and the turnout was great – a packed house!  A huge thank you to Audrey Judson and her husband Jeff for opening their home for the event, and to everyone that shopped and bid on silent auction items, and to those of you that couldn’t make it, but were kind enough to make a donation.

It was a special treat to renew bonds with many friends, and with parents from our kids’ early childhood days, when life was more carefree.​

Double Strand plans to award a $250,000 research grant in March, 2020.  Every dollar raised from the Holiday Boutique will be applied to this effort.  Thanks to the support of our loyal donors over the last few years, and from the Holiday Boutique, we are closing in on this goal, with $205,000 raised to date.  Double Strand’s $250,000 grant will provide initial funding to launch a larger scope project in collaboration with corporate donors and/or NIH.  We are thrilled to be moving forward!

We have selected Othon Iliopoulos, MD from Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Paula Hammond, PhD from the Koch Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, who have joined our team to further John’s model hypothesis utilizing a nanoparticle delivery system that will deliver tumor-killing drugs in a “smart bomb” fashion. This would be a major medical breakthrough and avoid major surgeries to remove tumors over and over again.  It would be a dream come true.​​

Thank you for standing with us as we strive to improve the health and future of the thousands of people with VHL and cancer, and which will enable our daughter, Karli, to pursue her lifelong goals.​

Happy Holidays,

Karynne & John

Thank you’s

Audrey Judson & Jeff Drandell, hosts

Thanks Audrey for hosting, organizing vendors, getting silent auction items and the countless hours you put into making this a special, successful event. You’re a dynamo!


Silent Auction Item Donors

Ed Kaminsky

Tom Hacker

Art by Meredith DuBois

The Beach House Hotel

Sand Spa

Little Sister Restaurant

Palmilla Restaurant

Spyder Surf

Beach Girl Creations Custom Cakes

El Gringo Restaurant

Grow Market

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

The Kettle

Cielo Salon


Nick Lucena

Phil Dalhausser

Jeff Carter

Alix Klineman

April Ross

Bill Kitto

Guy Petty

Michael Drandell

Denise Mazzotta

Tim Moore

Silent Auction Winning Bidders

Karen Anderson

Chris Broadhurst

Jennifer Caras

Brian Croft

Claudia DeFries

Cindy De Garceau

Todd Endlich

Jack Gillespie

Shelly Heavrin

Audrey Judson

Bill & Chris Kitto

Bobby Knapp & Karen Ulman

Amber Kyle

Cherylanne Martin

Guy Petty

Anna Owen

Amelia Pham

Emma Swaby

Kris Terrill

Karynne Thim

John Wallace

Pam Wing


Tony Accardo

Lynn Allen

Sue Antrobius

Nasrin Anvaripour

Kirby Benson

Jennifer Caras

​Jennifer Caskey

Tom Chamales

Kevin Cleary

Kathy Clark

Vicky Curtis

Kerry Dawson

Harry Drandell

Greg Dyer

Mia Ellison

Melissa Elmassian

LuAnn Fabian

Jack Gillespie

Arnold & Homeira Goldstein

Maura Gray

John & Cyndi Grebliunas

Michele Hampton

Rachel & Will Joseph

Carl Leach

Rosanna Libertucci

Sharon McCaffrey

Cecelia Murdy

Anna Owen (Lennox 1st period class)

Greg & Lisa Perlot

Amelia Pham

Matt & Cynthia Rebenkoff

Larry & Marilyn Smith

Robin & Mary Thim

John Thuotte

Gary & Donna Sofia

Special Thanks To

Cle Evans, Website Design & Maintenance

Carolyn Petty, board member & advisor

Michele Hampton, Logo Design

Zeal Levin, Musical Performance

Norma Rosenberg, Personal Shopper

Kirby Benson, Event Volunteer

Brooke McMurrey, Event Volunteer

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Congrats to Colleen Hartley, 

Winner of the raffle basket with $775 in merchandise!

(and she said she never wins anything!)