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Bill Kurtis to Host First 'Art of Living Gala' on February 28, 2009
Date:2/17/2009

Legendary Broadcaster and Humanitarian Helps Launch Event Honoring Local Boy

CHICAGO, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John C. Hiatt, President and Founder of the Liam Hiatt Foundation along with his wife, Paula, announced the first annual "Liam Hiatt Art of Living Gala" on February 28, 2009, to be hosted by legendary broadcaster and humanitarian, Bill Kurtis. This Gala represents the first fundraising event for the newly created foundation, named after the Hiatt's eight year old grandson who is living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne). The event at the Hotel Intercontinental O'Hare in Chicago will also help bring awareness to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne.

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Known to Chicago audiences for his years of award-wining broadcast work and to national viewers for his work on A&E's Cold Case Files and American Justice, Mr. Kurtis' is just as recognized for his work with a variety of charities, including public service announcements for the Recording For The Blind and Dyslexic. When asked to host the Gala, Mr. Kurtis did not hesitate to join the Foundation's team immediately. Mr. Kurtis explains, "The Hiatt family represents thousands, if not millions of families around the world who are trying to fund research for all children living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A disease that could easily devastate a family has given this family the energy and passion to live life to the fullest and appreciate every precious moment of every precious day. This event celebrates that philosophy and I am honored to be a part of what I hope becomes a much talked about, annual event in Chicago."

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