A celebration of fashion and a commitment to the mission — that’s what the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association’s 19th annual spring luncheon, “Bound by a Common Thread” is all about. This year, we feature on our runway the work of students from the Wayne State University Fashion Design and Merchandising program as well as fashions from Margaux & Max boutique while raising awareness of autoimmune diseases and funding for cures. Please join us and emcee Jon Jordan, WDIV style editor, at 11 a.m. May 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Through this event, we highlight the common thread of autoimmunity that binds all autoimmune patients together, regardless of their specific disorder, and we underscore the need for faster diagnoses and treatment, accelerated research, and improved patient care. The luncheon includes a silent auction, photo booth fun, and a VIP reception with champion race car driver Kyle Marcelli, this year’s AARDA Champion Award recipient. For tickets, visit aardabbct2.eventbrite.com or call 586-776-3900.