Emmy-Award Winning Actress Susan Lucci to Receive Philanthropic Leadership Award at 7th Annual Cure for Sure Dinner

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Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research Recognizes All My Children star for her work on behalf of Parkinson's research

It became clear to me that God was inviting humanity to find the cure

The Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research will celebrate the work of scientists, a philanthropist, a corporation and a person afflicted by the disease who have come together to find a cure at the 7th Annual Cure for Sure Dinner on June 22.

The dinner, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club, will honor Emmy-award winning actress Susan Lucci, recipient of the Hartman Philanthropic Leadership Award. The Hartman Corporation of the Year Honoree is Joseph R. Ficalora, Chairman, President and CEO of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. Louis DeCaro will receive Father Tom's Spirit Award, given to a person affected by Parkinson's who has contributed to the public awareness of the disease.

Additionally, the dinner will recognize the work and achievements of ten scientists who have received grants from the Hartman Foundation for their work. The 2009 grant recipients are:

  • David Eidelberg, M.D. (Hartman Foundation Executive Scientific Advisor)

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research North Shore-LIJ Health System

  • Clifford B. Saper, M.D., Ph.D.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

  • Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.

Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

  • Andrew Feigin, M.D.

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of the North Shore-LIJ Health System

  • D. James Surmeier, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

  • Michael Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

  • Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D.

Columbia University Department of Neurology Movement Disorders Division

  • Rachel Saunders-Pullman, M.D., MPH

Beth Israel Medical Center

  • Nicholas K. Tonks, Ph.D., FRS

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Father Tom established the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Inc. in 2004, three years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "It became clear to me that God was inviting humanity to find the cure" said Father Tom. "With God, prayer, good science and money, the cure can be found."

Ms. Lucci, a dear friend of Father Tom's, joined his cause and has pledged to be part of changing the face of Parkinson's disease. Ms. Lucci is no stranger to a good fight. As the most famous face in daytime television history, Ms. Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as the sassy, beautiful "woman you love to hate," Erica Kane on ABC-TV's "All My Children." In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when Ms. Lucci won the Emmy Award for "Best Actress" after a record 19 nominations.

A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 with a silent auction and raffle, with the dinner following at 7:30. The critically acclaimed composer Jimmy Webb will perform.

Reporters are invited to a press briefing that will be held at 5:00 pm on June 22nd at the Crest Hollow Country Club. To register, please contact Becky Wiley at 516-829-5502 or at rwiley(at)infinitechpronline(dot)com.

About the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Inc.
The Foundation seeks to provide grants for the newest and most innovative scientific projects which offer the best hope for the advancement and development of a cure. Scientists believe that with continued funding for research a cure for Parkinson's can be found within ten years. This is a time frame affirmed by top officials of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in testimony before Congress. For more information please visit http://www.hartmanfoundation.org.

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