The Huntington's Disease Society of America Holds Its Sixth Annual Guthrie Awards Dinner
- Special Honorees include Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon -
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 http://www.hdsa.org. Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X06468621
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