The Huntington's Disease Society of America Holds Its Sixth Annual Guthrie Awards Dinner

- Special Honorees include Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon -

Nov 04, 2002, 00:00 ET from Huntington's Disease Society of America

    NEW YORK, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of folksinger Woody Guthrie
 and his wife Marjorie were commemorated at the Huntington's Disease Society of
 America's (HDSA) sixth annual Guthrie Awards Dinner.  This gala dinner was
 recently held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  This year's
 honorees were Paul Simon, world-renowned entertainer; Christopher Ross, M.D.,
 Ph.D., esteemed HD researcher and clinician, Wayne Powers, President of Media
 Networks Inc., and Media Networks Inc., a division of Time and AOL Time
 Warner.  (Photo available upon request)
     The event was Co-Chaired by Nora Guthrie and Harold Leventhal, of the
 Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.  Noted folksinger Judy Collins reprised
 her role as Mistress of Ceremonies.
     When Woody Guthrie lost his battle with Huntington's Disease (HD) in 1967,
 his wife, Marjorie, founded an organization dedicated to finding a cure -- the
 Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, now known as the Huntington's
 Disease Society of America.  The mission of HDSA is to promote and support
 research to find a cure for HD, help those affected by the disease and their
 families and educate the public and health care professionals about HD.
     Huntington's Disease is an inherited, degenerative brain disorder that
 results in the progressive loss of control of both the mind and the body.
 Each child of an affected parent has a 50-50 chance of inheriting this deadly
 disease.  Presently, there is no effective treatment or cure for HD, but with
 the help of HDSA, there is hope.  The Huntington's Disease Society of America
 is committed to making this the last generation with HD.
     Vice Chairs of the event included Ned and Mary Claire Cancelmo of Brogan
 Cadillac Buick, Brendan Condon of AOL Time Warner, Charles Dimmler III of
 H. Lundbeck A/S, Vic Doolan of Volvo Cars of North America, Gretchen Fieschko
 of Amarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Robert Flaherty of Athena Diagnostics, Donald
 King, Ph.D., Chairman of HDSA, Madeline Kuhn of Kuhn General Farming, Gene
 Lederer of Atec, Inc., Anthony Lechich, M.D. of Terence Cardinal Cooke Health
 Care Center, David Lennox, Ph.D. of Quality Behavioral Solutions, Robert
 LoForese of Volvo Cars of North America, James McDermott, Ph.D. of AstraZeneca
 Pharmaceuticals, Brian MacDonald of Williamhouse, David McNinch of AstraZeneca
 Pharmaceuticals, Christopher O'Brien, M.D. of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Barry
 Ollman of Stifel, Nicolaus and Co., Robert Pearson of GCI Group, Larry Powe,
 M.D. of Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Robert Reed of JPMorgan Chase, Larry Richmond
 of TRO-The Richmond Group, William Seltzer, M.D. of Athena Diagnostics, Megan
 Tingley of AOL Time Warner Book Guild and Michael Wess, M.D. of Amarin
 Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
     All proceeds from the Guthrie Awards Dinner directly benefit the Woody and
 Marjorie Guthrie Research Fund to find a cure for Huntington's Disease.  For
 more information, please contact the Huntington's Disease Society of America
 at 800-345-HDSA or via the Internet at
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