Wife of Frank Perdue Hosts Private Reception to Salute Gladys Knight and Her Contributions to The American Diabetes Association Research Foundation

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from The American Diabetes Association

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes
 Association Research Foundation and Mitzi Perdue, wife of Frank Perdue and
 artist "extrodinare" will host a private luncheon to honor legendary artist
 Gladys Knight for her generous support and donations throughout the years to
 the American Diabetes Association.  The luncheon will be held on Friday, April
 20th from 12:00 noon until 1:30pm at the SunTrust Bank's Executive Dining Room
 (9th floor), downtown Washington, DC.
     Gladys Knight has used her "star power" for over three years to help raise
 money for diabetes.  Her most recent appearance was in February on ABC's
 popular "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" game show episode that featured
 legends of Rock and Roll and garnered $125,000 for the American Diabetes
 Association Elizabeth Knight Fund.  Gladys' ordeal with Regis in the "hot
 seat" on February 14th, Valentine's Day, was Gladys' ultimate gift of love in
 honor of her mother, Elizabeth who passed away due to complications of type 2
 diabetes in 1997.
     The American Diabetes Association Elizabeth Knight Fund was created to
 honor the memory of Gladys Knight's mother to help support the American
 Diabetes Association Research Foundation, advocacy outreach and efforts to
 find the undiagnosed populations within the African American community.  The
 current total of funds raised by the American Diabetes Association Elizabeth
 Knight Fund is nearing $1.5 million.  One specific research grant will be
 provided to Dr. Richard Rubin's neuropathy study at Johns Hopkins University
 School of Medicine.  Over a three-year period, 300 thousand dollars will fund
 Dr. Rubin's clinical trial evaluating people with diabetes, specifically,
 monitoring their self foot care methods and the psychosocial affects of
 neuropathy.  Serious foot problems take a terrible toll on people with
 diabetes.  Each year, more than 56,000 amputations are performed among people
 with diabetes who have lost sensation in their feet and have developed small
 injuries that have developed into foot ulcers.
     "We decided to host this luncheon in honor of Gladys for two reasons.
 First, Gladys has truly been a strong supporter for diabetes research and we
 wanted to give other donors the opportunity to learn from her and second, we
 wanted to help celebrate her newest album in six years that was released in
 March," said Mitzi Perdue.
     Mitzi also shares a close personal connection to diabetes, as her brother
 Ernest Henderson III has had type 2 diabetes for over 20 years and currently
 controls it with oral medication, diet and exercise.  Mitzi's father, Ernest
 Henderson, founder of the Sheraton Hotel Chain, also had diabetes for over a
 20-year life span and he passed away at age 70.  In honor of her father, Mitzi
 generously decided to donate all the proceeds from the sale of her new book,
 'I Want to EggScape,' to the American Diabetes Association.
     The EggScape book celebrates the art of decorating eggs and is printed on
 a thick, high-gloss paper with a special ultra violet coating that further
 enhances the brilliance of the illustrations, making it a coffee table and
 collector's delight.  It is available for a special price of $19.95 by calling
 the American Diabetes Association National Call Center at 1-800-DIABETES
 (1-800-342-2384).  A special feature about Mitzi's new book and even step-by-
 step egg design instructions are posted online at http://www.diabetes.org .
     Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, and experts say at least
 a third of them don't know it.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness,
 kidney failure and lower-limb amputations.  Further, people with diabetes are
 at an increased risk for developing a heart attack or stroke.  The American
 Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization
 supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  The Association's
 mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people
 affected by diabetes.  Founded in 1940, the Association supports local offices
 in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800
 communities.
 
 

SOURCE The American Diabetes Association
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes
 Association Research Foundation and Mitzi Perdue, wife of Frank Perdue and
 artist "extrodinare" will host a private luncheon to honor legendary artist
 Gladys Knight for her generous support and donations throughout the years to
 the American Diabetes Association.  The luncheon will be held on Friday, April
 20th from 12:00 noon until 1:30pm at the SunTrust Bank's Executive Dining Room
 (9th floor), downtown Washington, DC.
     Gladys Knight has used her "star power" for over three years to help raise
 money for diabetes.  Her most recent appearance was in February on ABC's
 popular "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" game show episode that featured
 legends of Rock and Roll and garnered $125,000 for the American Diabetes
 Association Elizabeth Knight Fund.  Gladys' ordeal with Regis in the "hot
 seat" on February 14th, Valentine's Day, was Gladys' ultimate gift of love in
 honor of her mother, Elizabeth who passed away due to complications of type 2
 diabetes in 1997.
     The American Diabetes Association Elizabeth Knight Fund was created to
 honor the memory of Gladys Knight's mother to help support the American
 Diabetes Association Research Foundation, advocacy outreach and efforts to
 find the undiagnosed populations within the African American community.  The
 current total of funds raised by the American Diabetes Association Elizabeth
 Knight Fund is nearing $1.5 million.  One specific research grant will be
 provided to Dr. Richard Rubin's neuropathy study at Johns Hopkins University
 School of Medicine.  Over a three-year period, 300 thousand dollars will fund
 Dr. Rubin's clinical trial evaluating people with diabetes, specifically,
 monitoring their self foot care methods and the psychosocial affects of
 neuropathy.  Serious foot problems take a terrible toll on people with
 diabetes.  Each year, more than 56,000 amputations are performed among people
 with diabetes who have lost sensation in their feet and have developed small
 injuries that have developed into foot ulcers.
     "We decided to host this luncheon in honor of Gladys for two reasons.
 First, Gladys has truly been a strong supporter for diabetes research and we
 wanted to give other donors the opportunity to learn from her and second, we
 wanted to help celebrate her newest album in six years that was released in
 March," said Mitzi Perdue.
     Mitzi also shares a close personal connection to diabetes, as her brother
 Ernest Henderson III has had type 2 diabetes for over 20 years and currently
 controls it with oral medication, diet and exercise.  Mitzi's father, Ernest
 Henderson, founder of the Sheraton Hotel Chain, also had diabetes for over a
 20-year life span and he passed away at age 70.  In honor of her father, Mitzi
 generously decided to donate all the proceeds from the sale of her new book,
 'I Want to EggScape,' to the American Diabetes Association.
     The EggScape book celebrates the art of decorating eggs and is printed on
 a thick, high-gloss paper with a special ultra violet coating that further
 enhances the brilliance of the illustrations, making it a coffee table and
 collector's delight.  It is available for a special price of $19.95 by calling
 the American Diabetes Association National Call Center at 1-800-DIABETES
 (1-800-342-2384).  A special feature about Mitzi's new book and even step-by-
 step egg design instructions are posted online at http://www.diabetes.org .
     Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, and experts say at least
 a third of them don't know it.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness,
 kidney failure and lower-limb amputations.  Further, people with diabetes are
 at an increased risk for developing a heart attack or stroke.  The American
 Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization
 supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  The Association's
 mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people
 affected by diabetes.  Founded in 1940, the Association supports local offices
 in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800
 communities.
 
 SOURCE  The American Diabetes Association