Lupus Foundation Honors Greenberg Traurig Chairman with 2016 Hope Award

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The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)  recently honored Richard A. Rosenbaum, the executive chairman of the law firm Greenberg Traurig, with the Hope Award, based on the firm’s “generosity and long-standing support of lupus research and education,” according to a press release.

The award was presented at the foundation’s Evening of Hope Gala in New York City on Oct. 20.

Richard Rosenbaum

Richard A. Rosenbaum

Greenberg Traurig, with law offices worldwide, works closely with the LFA, and the firm’ co-managing shareholder in New York, Stephen L. Rabinowitz, is a member of the LFA’s board.

“I’m humbled and honored to accept this Hope Award. We are very proud of our long-standing affiliation with the Lupus Foundation, and of the work that many members of the GT [Greenberg Traurig] family have put in to help with this great cause,” Rosenbaum said. “We are committed to LFA and its work because we know, firsthand, that lupus is one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, and the Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery that is lupus. We want to see a world free of lupus.”

At the gala, Tim Nolan, senior vice president of Marketing Lifetime & FYI Networks, was also honored with a Hope Award, and the actor Ian Harding, best-known for his role in “Pretty Little Liars,”  was given the Barlin Family Award. Harding is also the LFA celebrity Awareness Ambassador.

The LFA gala honors people who have made exceptional contributions to the fight against lupus, and in helping patients and their families. It also is a fundraising opportunity to support the foundation’s mission and its comprehensive programs for lupus patients and families.

Previous gala honorees include Sen. Ted Kennedy, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ted Turner.

In Other Recent News

In May, Lupus Awareness Month, the Lupus Foundation of America launched a Know Lupus campaign to increase public understanding of the disease and to raise research money so that a future with “no lupus” might be possible.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. population knows little or nothing about lupus, a difficult-to-diagnose autoimmune disease with a wide range of symptoms, the foundation reported in a press release. Lupus research is also poorly funded in comparison to diseases of a similar scope, it said. Lupus Awareness Month is an effort to address both of these shortcomings.

“Increasing public awareness and understanding of lupus is critical to expanding resources and funding for lupus research, and ultimately ending the devastating impact of this disease,”  Sandra C. Raymond,  the foundation of president and chief executive officer, said. “We can’t do it alone. We need everyone to KNOW LUPUS so we can create a future with NO LUPUS.”

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