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Prize4Life hosts “Art, Life, Spring” gala and auction to support fight against ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease

Live auction at the Roger Smith Hotel, led by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven

New York, NY (Vocus) May 24, 2010 -- Prize4Life (, a nonprofit organization founded to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure for ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease, will be hosting its “Art, Life, Spring” gala and charity auction at the Roger Smith Hotel on Thursday, May 27. The auction will feature works by top artists to raise funds for its mission. A companion online auction will be open through June 3, at ( Prize4Life).

Prize4Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to treating and curing ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) using a combination of the incentive prize model and other crowd-sourcing and distributed innovation approaches. The organization currently administers the $1 million ALS Treatment Prize and the $1 million ALS Biomarker Challenge, along with a host of other scientific and clinical resources.

"Prize4Life is thrilled to be hosting this event. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors and artists, we have an incredible selection of lots. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to ending ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease through our innovative programs,” said Avi Kremer, co-founder and CEO of Prize4Life, and an ALS patient.

The auction includes work by sculptors Boaz Vaadia, John Bisbee, and Tim Prentice; painters Miriam Cabessa, Natan Elkanovich, Engels, and Carol Anthony; photographers Isack Kousnsky, Nancy Rudolph, Tal Shochat, and Nobel laureate Wally Gilbert, among others. The event will take place at the Roger Smith Hotel, a classy, dynamic venue in midtown Manhattan, home to The Lab gallery for performance and installation, and host of two regular music series.

A pre-auction art showing and cocktail reception was held at Sotheby's Auction House on Thursday, May 20. Speakers included Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, and Gabriela Shalev, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.

Works available for online bidding in the Prize4Life live and online auctions include:

  • Ruth and Gehrig by Bill Lopa
  • Hanna & Shemu'el, 1988 by Boaz Vaadia
  • Four Faces Inverse 2/5, 2009 by Wally Gilbert
  • You Don’t Know Me, 2009 by Engels
  • At the Beach II by Natan Elkanovich
  • Gold Landscape, 2009 by Miriam Cabessa
  • Window Box, 2002 by Tim Prentice
  • Squares by Rachel von Roeschlaub
  • Untitled by John Bisbee
  • Igor Stravinsky by Barbara Thacher
  • Pear by Carol Anthony
  • Easter in Rockefeller Center by Nancy Rudolph
  • Sad Teddy, 2000 by Nahum Moses
  • Sharing a Cheroot. Inle Lake, Myanmar, 2000 by Diane Waller
  • The Bridge, 2008 by Marian Heard
  • Boy's Head, 2007 by Itamar Jobani
  • Untitled #100, 2002 by Leora Laor
  • A celebrity “date” with Professor Alan Dershowitz
  • A new, first-edition copy of “Margin of Safety,” signed by author Seth A. Klarman

Online Bidding in the “Art, Life, Spring” Auction is open to the global community through June 3. Go to to place a bid.

The A.L.S. Gala Auction has been generously sponsored by Bloomberg LP, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Biogen IDEC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sotheby’s, and the Roger Smith Hotel.

For more information on the Prize4Life auction, please visit

About ALS

Known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease that typically takes the life of patients within 2-5 years of diagnosis. It is caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. It most commonly strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and affects men slightly more than women. ALS is the most common motor neuron disease worldwide and as many as 30,000 Americans struggle with it at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and only one modestly effective FDA-approved treatment for the disease.

About Prize4Life

Prize4Life was founded by a group of Harvard Business School students when one of them, Avi Kremer, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 29. Prize4Life works to accelerate the discovery of a treatment and a cure for ALS by using powerful incentives to attract new people and ideas, and to leverage existing efforts and expertise in the ALS field. Among other program initiatives, the organization currently administers the ALS Biomarker Prize Challenge, the Avi Kremer ALS Treatment Prize, and an ALS research portal (


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