Senate Appropriations Committee approves a draft of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill.
Leaders of Fashion, Media, and Entertainment Step Up to Support the Lupus Foundation of America
October 12, 2011
GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist, Oleta Adams, opened the program and brought the crowd to their feet with her powerful rendition of “New York State of Mind.” Oleta also moved the audience by sharing that she has been living with lupus for 10 years.
“Lupus has affected every area of my life, and it was very empowering for me to share my personal story,” said Oleta Adams. “I want people to have a greater awareness and understanding of lupus. We need to bring attention to this disease to further research and the development of new treatments for individuals with lupus. "
Stephen I. Sadove, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saks Fifth Avenue was recognized for Saks’ long-standing partnership with the LFA, and the company’s financial support, which has helped the LFA expand its reach and capacity to serve the lupus community. Natalie Morales, NBC News Anchor, “Today” and Co-host, Third Hour was honored for her personal interest in, and NBC’s focus on, increasing public awareness of issues touching the lives of women and children.
During the program, musician and LFA Global Ambassador Julian Lennon joined the LFA in presenting the first Lucy Vodden Research Grant Award to Hermine Brunner, M.D., associate professor of pediatric rheumatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Brunner is a pioneer in the study of childhood pediatric lupus, and the grant will fund research to validate a Quality of Life tool for children with lupus.
ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts served as the Master of Ceremonies and Gayle King, talk showhost and editor-at-large, O, The Oprah Magazine, served as the award presenter to Mr. Sadove. Otherspecial guests included: Al Roker, NBC “Today”; Phylicia Rashad actress; Whoopi Goldberg, actress andcohost, ABC “The View”; designer; Ippolita Rostagno, designer; and Eric Javits, designer.
The LFA New York City Butterfly Gala is the companion event to the LFA’s National Butterfly Gala held each year in Washington, DC. The Butterfly Galas raise the profile of lupus, generate critically important LFA program funding, and encourage greater public and private investments in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support services.
Awards Will Support Efforts of Tomorrow’s Lupus Thought Leaders to Solve the Cruel Mystery of this Unpredictable and Devastating Disease