I accept this the award, not for what I have done… but as a pledge for what I will do. I promise you on that this evening…I will enter the second half of my life completely dedicated to Save One Life, which will become the voice of impoverished patients with hemophilia.
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Georgetown, MA (PRWEB) November 7, 2008
Laureen A. Kelley, president of LA Kelley Communications, Inc. of Georgetown, Massachusetts, was recognized for her achievements in helping the world's poor with hemophilia by the Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation (CCBF) of New York at is ninth annual "Breakthrough Ball" gala on October 28. Also being honored with Ms. Kelley were rapper/music producer Swizz Beatz, actor Steve Guttenberg, and former MLB pitcher Al Leiter.
The Breakthrough Ball was held at the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, and was attended by over 500 wealthy New Yorkers and patrons, who enjoyed dinner, the awards, and a surprise appearance by 1960s music icon Lou Christie, who sang his signature "Lightnin' Strikes." Actor Charles Grodin acted as master of ceremony for the evening, which included live entertainment by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a silent auction, and a live auction that included DiModolo custom jewelry, a Bombardier Skyjet package, a Caribbean cruise, and a personal photo shoot by Heisler Pictures, Inc. Last year's honoree, NFL great Tiki Barber, helped present the Breakthrough Spirit awards.
Grodin first aired a music video by Swizz Beatz, highlighting his visit to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to cheer children with cancer. He composed a theme song, "One Day," for the CCBF and was the first to receive an award. Beatz has worked with the United Nations to unite the entertainment community in its efforts to promote peace around the world.
Actor Steve Guttenberg was honored for his efforts to get 50,000 eyeglasses for low-income children, for volunteering 16-hour days to help Katrina victims, and for founding the "Guttenhouse," a transitional home for foster children. Al Leiter, who had 19 years in the Major Leagues as a pitcher, has won nearly every philanthropic award MLB offers, including the 2000 Roberto Clemente Award. Now a baseball analyst for the YES Network, he was honored for having given more than $1.5 million since 1996 to various children-related charities in the New York area and in south Florida.
Kelley is the mother of a child with hemophilia, a rare, inherited blood disorder in which the blood does not clot. She is author of 11 books on hemophilia and related blood disorders, and founder of Project SHARE, which donates millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine annually to over 45 impoverished counties. She is also founder and president of Save One Life, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to providing sponsorships for children with hemophilia in developing countries. Save One Life currently supports 360 children in nine countries and is growing.
Kelley came to the attention of the CCBF when board member Tara Reddi learned that her cousin's son, who lives in India and who has hemophilia, was enrolled in Save One Life. Grateful for the help, Tara and the CCBF board nominated Kelley for its prestigious Breakthrough Spirit award.
In her acceptance speech, Kelley said, "I accept this the award, not for what I have done… but as a pledge for what I will do. I promise you on that this evening…I will enter the second half of my life completely dedicated to Save One Life, which will become the voice of impoverished patients with hemophilia."
Kelley thanked gala patrons Bayer Corporation, Baxter BioScience, and Grifols, all manufacturers of blood clotting medicine. The CCBF gala raised over $1.5 million for the foundation, which provides funding for research and treatment for children suffering from blood diseases.
For more information about the Children's Cancer and Blood Foundations, or to make a donation, visit http://www.childrenscbf.org/.
About Save One Life:
Save One Life is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization that provides sponsorships for children suffering from hemophilia and related blood disorders in developing countries. Untreated, hemophilia bleeding can cause pain, joint deformities, brain damage, and even death. There are an estimated 400,000 people with hemophilia worldwide, but 300,000 live with little or no access to treatment, and in poverty. Save One Life operates in nine countries and is based in Massachusetts.
Laurie Kelley, President
LA Kelley Communications, Inc.