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Honorees for National Lupus Awards Announced
Date:4/1/2008

Lupus Foundation of America Gala to Honor Senator Tom Harkin, Sheila Johnson, and Dr. Elliott Sigal

Program also will feature Grammy Award-winning Artist Patti LaBelle and CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O'Brien

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) will hold its Fifth Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. The honorees are U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality, LLC, and Elliott Sigal, M.D., Ph.D., President of Research and Development, Executive Vice President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb. These outstanding national leaders will receive the Foundation's highest honors for their efforts to advance lupus as a significant national health problem.

CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O'Brien will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and Grammy Award-winning artist Patti LaBelle will entertain the Gala attendees.

Senator Harkin, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, will receive the Leadership in Lupus Research Award for his steadfast leadership and support of the National Institutes of Health in advancing research on lupus and other women's health issues.

Ms. Johnson will receive the Cooper Family Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of her global interest in and support of girls' and women's issues.

Dr. Sigal will receive the Corporate Leadership in Lupus Award, recognizing the company's efforts to develop safe, effective treatments for individuals affected by lupus.

For ticket information, contact Paola Williams at the Lupus Foundation of America at 202-349-1158 or williams@lupus.org, or go online to http://www.lupus.org/gala.
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