Celebrity, Researcher, and Humanitarians Honored at the Lupus Foundation of America's 2012 Butterfly Gala

 Celebrity, Researcher, and Humanitarians Honored at the Lupus Foundation of
                        America's 2012 Butterfly Gala

New York City Event Raises Funds for Lupus Research, Education, and Advocacy

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whoopi Goldberg,
physician and renowned researcher Dr. Michael Lockshin, and humanitarians
Judith and Wayne Barlin were honored for their work to improve the lives of
people with lupus, at the Lupus Foundation of America's annual Butterfly Gala
in New York City on October 18.


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Other special guests at the Gala included multi-talented musician,
philanthropist and photographer Julian Lennon, actor S. Epatha Merkerson,
music producer Phil Ramone, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saks
Fifth Avenue, Stephen I. Sadove. Actor Phylicia Rashad served as the Master of

Four-time Grammy award winner India.Arie inspired and moved the crowd with a
performance of her song There's Hope: a salute to the honorees and the hope
they bring to people with lupus.

Lennon and Merkerson presented Goldberg with the 2012 National Public
Awareness Award for her work to increase public awareness of issues touching
the lives of women and children, including lupus. Dr. Michael Lockshin, one of
America's most preeminent doctors and lupus researchers, received the National
Leadership Award for Lupus Medical Advancement. Dr. Lockshin is Director of
the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease and Professor of
Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New

Judith and Wayne Barlin received the Lupus Foundation of America Family of the
Year Award for making possible more than $1.5 million in support for pediatric
lupus research and for establishing the Michael Jon Barlin Pediatric Research
Fund. The Barlins also developed a college scholarship program for young
people with lupus. The Barlins' son, Michael Jon, passed away from lupus in
his early 20s.

The Gala seeks to focus attention on lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects
1.5 million Americans, mostly women of childbearing age. Although lupus can be
fatal and can rob a person of their most productive years, it does not share
the high profile of other diseases.

"The challenges we face to make lupus one of the top national health
priorities do not daunt us," said Peter Schwab, chair of the Lupus Foundation
of America's National Board of Directors. "We remain steadfast in our mission
to advance lupus research and, just as importantly, provide education and
support to those with the disease as well as to further raise awareness of
this significant health threat."

The Lupus Foundation of America's New York City Butterfly Gala is the
companion event to the Foundation's National Butterfly Gala held each year in
Washington, DC. The Butterfly Galas raise awareness about lupus and generate
critical funding for research, education, and advocacy for people with lupus.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the foremost national nonprofit
organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and
providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The
Lupus Foundation of America and its national network of chapters, support
groups, and local representatives conduct programs of research, education, and
advocacy. More information about lupus and our ongoing work is available at

SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America

Website: http://www.lupus.org
Contact: For more information or for photographs from the Gala, please contact
Vaishali Honawar at Honawar@lupus.org, or at +1-202-349-1157
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