S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Gala Raises Record $3.2 Million for Lupus

Bob Costas Presents Award to NBC Sports Producer Michael Weisman and Wife


Dec 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

    NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2007 S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's
 "Life Without Lupus" Gala raised more than $3.2 million for lupus, a
 national record for funds collected at a single event to support education,
 provide services, and nurture research for the chronic and often
 devastating autoimmune illness. Nearly 700 supporters attended the December
 3rd black tie event at the Marriott Marquis in New York's Times Square.
     The evening's program was emceed by NBC's dynamic Today Show host, Hoda
 Kotb and featured a rousing 30-minute set by Broadway star and Tony Award
 winner, Patti LuPone. A dramatic video featuring people with lupus cast a
 reflective mood in the crowd as they assembled for dinner in the candlelit
 ballroom. (View video at www.LupusNY.org)
     Sportscaster Bob Costas introduced the award to the Weismans,
 describing the couple as a "team in life and work." Carol Weisman, who has
 lupus, and husband Michael Weisman, an Emmy Award-winning producer for NBC
 Sports, connect generations, personalities, and East Coast to West Coast
 through their countless contributions to lupus.
     In Los Angeles, Carol galvanized support for the Foundation's west
 coast division, Lupus LA, helping it to become the presence in patient
 awareness and Hollywood involvement that it is today. Now in New York,
 Carol is a dynamic voice on the Foundation's board of directors and a
 passionate advocate for its national research partner, the Lupus Research
     With clear admiration for Carol and the multitude of others in the room
 that campaign for lupus, Mistress of Ceremonies Kotb described gathering
 similar courage to speak out about her recent fight with breast cancer
 following a comment from a stranger on an airplane flight: "Don't hog your
 journey," he advised her. Be a force for change. The Weismans, Kotb said,
 are a model for doing just that.
     The 2007 Scientific Leadership Award was given to Benjamin Schwartz,
 MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine at Washington University in St.
 Louis, whose sage and steady guidance has enabled the Lupus Research
 Institute to pioneer a powerful model for scientific discovery in lupus.
     The 2007 Corporate Leadership Award was given to Aspreva
 Pharmaceuticals, in recognition of its vigorous work in developing
 evidence-based treatments for people with lupus and other long-neglected
     "The name Aspreva is derived from the words aspirations, hopes, and
 dreams," said Aspreva Executive Vice President of Global Pharmaceutical
 Operations, Rick Goulburn, upon accepting the award for the company. "We've
 been inspired by you to aspire hope and dream for a life without lupus," he
 said. "And due to your work, we'll hopefully get there in the
 not-too-distant future."
     About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
     The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, headquartered in New York and Los Angeles,
 is the leading lupus organizations in the country providing patient
 services, education, public awareness and funding for novel lupus research.
 For more information on lupus or the Foundation, visit

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