Alliance for Lupus Research Honors Rupert Murdoch at 2010 One Love One Cause Gala Celebration

Dec 09, 2010, 17:00 ET from Alliance for Lupus Research

Event Raises Crucial Funds for Lupus Research for 5 Million People Worldwide Living with Lupus

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) honored Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation Chairman and CEO, at its 2010 One Love One Cause Gala event.  Murdoch was recognized Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with a 6:30pm reception and 8:30pm dinner and award presentation in honor of his support of the ALR.

In attendance to honor Murdoch were Gala Chairs, Robert Wood Johnson IV – Chairman and CEO, New York Jets; and Robert W. Pittman – Chairman and Founder, Pilot Group LLC.  Chase Carey - President, COO and Deputy Chairman, News Corporation was also a Co-Chair of the event.

Past honorees have included Robert W. Pittman; Jim Dolan – President and CEO, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks Company; Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation, and Richard D. Parsons, Chairman of the Board of Citigroup.

The Alliance for Lupus Research is the world's largest private funder of lupus research.  By the end of 2010, the ALR will have committed nearly $65 million to fund the most innovative and aggressive research into the cause, prevention and cure of lupus.  The mission of the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus) by supporting medical research.  The ALR has supported research leading to the development of many of the treatments in the clinical pipeline at present.  This includes the significant basic translational research on the molecule targeted by first new potential drug treatment in nearly 50 years, currently in priority review by the FDA.

Lupus is a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease that affects nearly 1.4 million Americans, 90% of whom are women.  Lupus is three times more common in African-American than Caucasian women and is also more prevalent in women of Latino, Asian, and Native American descent.  Symptoms vary, and range from extreme fatigue and joint stiffness and pain to organ damage and more severe complications.  

The ALR board of directors funds all ALR administrative and fundraising expenses, so 100% of all donations received goes directly to support lupus research.

Headquartered in New York City, NY and founded by Robert Wood Johnson, IV in 1999, the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for systemic lupus through innovative medical research.  For more information, please visit or contact the ALR at (212) 218-2840 or

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