New York, NY (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – held its annual gala on October 3, 2012 at New York City’s Chelsea Piers. More than 400 guests celebrated the contributions of the evening’s honorees in advancing the Foundation’s mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by the disease.
Sotheby’s C. Hugh Hildesley served as the gala’s auctioneer. Following a moving personal reflection from LRF Board of Directors’ member and Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, Donna Reinbolt, Hildesley returned to the stage to conduct the Foundation’s Raise it for Research auction. During this unique and exciting auction, attendees pledged funds for lymphoma research ranging from $50,000 to $500. In minutes, supporters of the Foundation raised more than $290,000 for lymphoma specific research.
“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s 2012 Gala was an enormous success, once again raising more than $1 million,” said Diane Blum, LRF’s Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the Foundation’s supporters, LRF is able to invest in promising lymphoma research, ensuring ongoing support for the most innovative experts.”
The evening’s honorees included former chairman of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Board of Directors, Errol M. Cook, who was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award for his many years of service to LRF. Members of the Sarnoff Family received the Freundlich Leadership Award for their notable philanthropic work, while Spectrum Pharmaceuticals received the Corporate Leadership Award in recognition for its generous support of the Foundation’s education programs. The 2012 gala was co-chaired by Laura & Michael Werner and Florence & Robert I. Werner, recipients of last year’s Freundlich Leadership Award. Funds raised at the Gala support LRF’s mission and programs.
“For the past 18 years, I have been privileged to play an integral role in advancing the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission and so it was an honor for me to receive the Distinguished Leadership Award at this year’s Gala,” Cook said. “As a lymphoma survivor, it was particularly meaningful to me to have so many people pledge their support to lymphoma research during the Raise it for Research auction; I am confident that together we will cure this disease.”
For more information about the Foundation’s 2012 Gala, including photos from the event, and/or for information about lymphoma, visit LRF's website: lymphoma.org.
About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $51 million in lymphoma-specific research.
For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.