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Legendary Folk Icon, Judy Collins, to Perform at The Fifth Annual James E. Marshall OCD Foundation Beyond Beauty Gala
Date:1/15/2009

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, legendary folk icon, Judy Collins, will perform live at The Fifth Annual Beyond Beauty Gala to benefit The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, an organization dedicated to genetic research and awareness for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Hosted by television and radio personality, Leeza Gibbons, the evening's event will be held at The Union League Club in New York City and will honor Heidi Manheimer, Chief Executive Officer for Shiseido Cosmetics America, and Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine.

Judy Collins made her public debut at age 13 performing Mozart's "Concerto for Two Pianos." Inspired by the traditional songs of the folk revival and artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Ms. Collins moved away from classical piano performances and began her lifelong love with the guitar. For nearly 45 years, she has galvanized a generation with more than 40 albums, numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum selling albums. Ms. Collins is often noted in her career for her rendition of "Both Sides Now" on her classic album, Wildflowers, a song which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy Awards for her version of "Send in the Clowns," a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical, "A Little Night Music." Truly the definition of a living legend, Ms. Collins has seen her artistry influence music and politics over the decades and her vocal interpretations inspire millions.

The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation was founded in 2003 by Linda Marshall, President, Elysee Scientific Cosmetics, and her family, in memory of her son, the foundation's namesake. The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation is currently one of only two organizations dedicated to raising funds for genetic research related to this debilitating disease. Despite great strides, there is still a lot of work to be done in increasing public awareness and financial support for OCD, which is recognized as one of the ten most disabling diseases in the United States. All proceeds from the 2009 Beyond Beauty Gala will benefit the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Dr. Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins OCD Clinic.

"I established The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation in memory of my son and in recognition of his last request to somehow make a difference in this world," says Linda Marshall. "Through his memory and this foundation, we hope to increase the public awareness and education about OCD and to raise vital funds for research in finding a cure. This remains our sole mission: Awareness, Discovery, Cure."

Heidi Manheimer is currently CEO for Shiseido Cosmetics America, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese cosmetics giant, Shiseido Company Ltd., a position she has held since 2006. Notably, Ms. Manheimer is the first American female CEO in the company's 136-year history. Under her leadership, Shiseido Cosmetics America has experienced tremendous growth in the U.S. market, establishing the brand as one of the top ten most popular prestige beauty lines, according to NPD. Worldwide, Shiseido is recognized as the oldest cosmetics company in the world with distribution in over 69 countries.

As of January of 2008, Lesley Jane Seymour was named Editor-in-Chief for More Magazine, the leading publication celebrating women 40+, which is a title under the Meredith Corporation. Currently, More has a circulation of 1.3 million and was previously recognized as Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age. Prior to joining More, Ms. Seymour was Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, which received a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence in 2006 as a result of her contributions. Ms. Seymour is also an author of two books: On The Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue (Random House) and I Wish My Parents Understood (Freundlich/Penguin).

To secure a table for the 2009 Beyond Beauty Gala (reservations limited) or to learn about how you can make a difference in the fight against OCD, please contact Linda or Jennifer Marshall directly at 608-845-3664. For more information on The James E. Marshall Foundation, please visit www.ocdcure.org.


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