COPD Foundation Hosts 2013 Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit in New York City, Celebrates Upcoming 10th Anniversary in 2014

November 08, 2013

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History, Columbus Avenue at 79th Street, New York, NY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 8, 2013 – To recognize community leaders and organizations dedicated to fighting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through innovative educational tools and community support, the COPD Foundation will host its 2013 Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit, and the 10th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Powerhouse, American Museum of Natural History, Columbus Avenue at 79th Street, New York, N.Y.

“The COPD Foundation is pleased to recognize this year’s honorees for the vital roles they have played in the fight against COPD,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “As we approach the ten-year mark of research, education and early diagnosis, we celebrate achievements and re-dedicate ourselves to raising awareness about this debilitating, preventable disease. It is imperative that we shine light on this growing public health crisis and reach out to those communities hit hardest.”

2013 honorees include:

  • Drs. James Crapo, David Mannino, Stephen Rennard, Byron Thomashow and John W. Walsh -- for groundbreaking work developing The COPD Foundation Pocket Consultant Guide for Diagnosis and Management of COPD, a practical, easy-to-use tool that aids clinicians in navigating the increasingly complex treatment options for COPD.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation -- for significant contributions to providing global access to the COPDF’s educational portfolio by translating key education pieces.
  • The C.O.P.D. Information Line Associates -- for serving an essential role in supporting and building the community by offering support, knowledge and resources to COPD patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public

The COPD Foundation extends a special thanks to Kerry Butler for her generosity. The Tony-nominated performer, who is best known for her work on Broadway as “Belle" in Beauty and the Beast, "Eponine" in Les Miserables, and "Penny Pingleton" in Hairspray, will be performing at the event.

“COPD is the nation’s third leading cause of death, killing women at almost double the rate in some states,” Walsh adds. “This event honors those men and women who have taken the lead to find innovative and effective new ways to raise awareness, provide education and insight, and identify the growing number of at-risk Americans.”

For more information about attending the event, purchasing program ads or making a donation, even if unable to attend the event, please contact Melissa Alvarez, Development Specialist, at 866-731-COPD (2673) ext. 266 or

About the COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation ( is to prevent and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD ( is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.

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