November 2010

On Monday, November 22, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation marked its
40th Anniversary with a glittering “Life Without Lupus” gala
at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall


More than 600 celebrated with us, and together raised $2 million for lupus awareness and research!

Gala honorees Susan and Morrie Golick began the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation in Susan’s living room 40 years ago.

Watch the video everyone at the Gala saw—on how the fight against lupus began in New York City and spread across the nation, and what our 40 years of leadership has meant to the lupus community:

“Just keeping us alive is not enough; we need to do more,” noted Susan. “Help us widen our loop to reach beyond our families, our friends!”

[an idea for you—forward this email!]

“There’s nothing like a father’s love for his daughter,” agreed Gala co-hosts
MSNBC Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough
(below, left).


Avery Fisher Hall’s theater hummed with entertainment! Opera star Jessye Norman (above, right) opened the evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Climb Every Mountain,” while Jane Krakowski and 30 Rock co-starCheyenne Jackson closed the program with a festive performance of Broadway show tunes and pop hits.  

Foundation Board of Directors President Richard K. Descherer introduced remarks communicated by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who “spoke” via video to the crowd of 40 years of leadership in New York.

Corporate honorees Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline graciously accepted their awards for developing the first potential new lupus treatment to be approved in over 50 years.

Meanwhile downtown, the Empire State building glowed ORANGE—the color of lupus awareness—throughout the night in honor of the 40th Anniversary Life Without Lupus Gala!

At right: Tony winner and two time Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski pulls the lever to turn the Empire State Building lights orange in honor of the Foundation’s anniversary.