2009 Life Without Lupus® Gala

Foundation’s 2009 Life Without Lupus® Gala Marks a Decade of Leadership in Creativity, Community, and Change

Over 500 guests gathered at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation’s black tie event at Times Square’s New York Marriott Marquis on December 7th for the nation’s largest lupus fundraising event.

Leaders in health care, industry, advertising, and government joined in recognizing the honorees that helped to make it such an inspiring decade for people with lupus.

2009 Gala Honoree — A Decade of Creative Leadership
Kevin Roberts, worldwide CEO of the communications and advertising powerhouse Saatchi & Saatchi (of Publicis Groupe).

The Foundation is deeply indebted to Saatchi & Saatchi for continued pro bono commitment to shaping the words and visuals that so powerfully communicate the challenges and aspirations of the lupus cause. This includes the creations of the iconic orange “loop” for lupus awareness. '

2009 Distinguished Public Service Award — A Decade of Community Leadership
Garth Graham, MD, MPH, the HHS’ deputy assistant Secretary at the Office of Minority Health, accepts the award from Foundation President Richard K. DeScherer (L) and Executive Director Margaret G. Dowd.

As the successful champion for a new nationwide lupus education medical school curriculum for physicians and community-based health care providers, Dr. Graham is leading the drive to dismantle racial disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus. The Foundation has led the country in addressing gender and racial disparities in lupus for a decade.

2009 Scientific Leadership Award—A Decade of Scientific Leadership
David C. Stump, MD, executive vice president of research and development for Human Genome Sciences, David C. Stump, MD.

HGS is paving the way for what could be the first drug approval for lupus in 50 years.

“The real heroes are the patients themselves—it’s their willingness that makes lupus trials possible,” Dr. Stump said.

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell entertained the crowd.