COPD Foundation 15th Anniversary Fundraising Gala

COPD Foundation 15th Anniversary Fundraising Gala

On Tuesday, November 19th, we celebrated an evening to benefit advocacy, education and research at our 15th Anniversary Fundraising Gala.

Many of the gifts were inspired by a personal connection to the disease, as well as faith in our mission and commitment.

Thank you all for your remarkable generosity, whether through attending the Gala, giving, volunteering or sharing in our mission.

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Thank You To Our Wonderful Gala Co-chairs:

Joel Sternfeld, Ruth Tal-Singer, PhD, Laurie Thomashow

Congratulations to our Gala honorees:

James D. Crapo, MD, John W. Walsh Visionary Awardplus

James D. Crapo, MD is currently a Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado and is a principal investigator of COPDGene, a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI). COPDGene is focused on identifying primary genes that determine risk for developing COPD, as well as identifying clinical and imaging subtypes of COPD that underlie risk, prognosis or response to therapy.

In addition to his work on COPDGene, Dr. Crapo is the Editor-in-Chief of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation and has been a member of the COPD Foundation’s Board of Directors for over 10 years.

Dr. Crapo would not be a visionary without aspirational goals for the future of COPD, which includes early detection by expanding the diagnosis of COPD, developing new COPD subtype specific therapies, as well as creating strategies that halt disease progression at early stages of diagnosis. When he is not changing the world of COPD, he likes to spend time with his large family (7 children, 25 grandchildren), train for half-marathons, ski in the mountains of Colorado, and raise roses in his garden.

Patti Everly, Champion for COPD Awardplus

Patti Everly was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years as a police dispatcher and 911 operator. During this time, she volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a child abuse prevention organization and a therapy dog program, where she trained with her Akita dog as part of an Emergency Response Team, providing support to 9/11 emergency responders.

In 1999, Patti married Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and began her second career in music publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. When Phil died in 2014 due to complications from COPD, Patti promised to make it her mission to help find a cure for this horrible disease. Patti contacted our founder, the now late John W. Walsh, and together in honor of her late husband, created the Phil Everly COPD Memorial Fund. The fund promotes awareness of COPD by producing fundraising events and concerts with legendary performers, such as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

Patti is passionate and committed to supporting the COPD Foundation’s mission to find a cure and continues her volunteer work with the Foundation through her website:

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Edna Shattuck Advocacy Awardplus

U.S. Senator for Idaho Mike Crapo has learned that a willingness to listen makes for a more effective leader and lawmaker. Mike’s sensible approach has earned him the respect of his colleagues, and he has been selected to serve in various leadership roles, including as Chief Deputy Whip among Senate Republicans.

In 2004, Mike co-founded The Congressional COPD Caucus and currently serves as co-chair. The Caucus provides an organized forum to join with others in advocating for COPD. He is the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee that oversees a wide range of federal policy, including the federal tax code, revenue generation, foreign trade and social and health care services programs.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 after serving six years in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Idaho State Senate, where he served as Senate President Pro Tem. Before his election to Congress and the state legislature, Mike was a partner in the law firm of Holden, Kidwell, Hahn & Crapo. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Edna Shattuck Advocacy Awardplus

Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. While still a young man, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis co-founded The Congressional COPD Caucus in 2004 and currently serves as co-chair. The Caucus provides an organized forum to join with others in advocating for COPD. John Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the highest civilian honor granted by President Barack Obama, the Medal of Freedom. John Lewis holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University, and he is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee. John Lewis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He has one son, John Miles.

Bill Clark, John W. Walsh Dedication to Excellence Awardplus

Bill Clark is the Senior Director of Patient Engagement for the COPD Foundation. Diagnosed in 2001 with Alpha-1, a genetic form of COPD, Bill has been a staff member of the Foundation since its early inception and serves as the Foundation’s voice of the patient.

Bill was instrumental in designing and implementing the COPD Information Line, the Coaches Corner, Faces of COPD and Tell Your COPD Story. Bill works with many manufacturers to help design new technology to improve quality of life for COPD patients. He served as one of 7 patients on the PCORnet Patient Council helping to design new platforms for research, while safeguarding patient privacy and protection and ensuring patient involvement. Bill was also on the PCORnet Nominations Working Group and the PCORnet Engagement Committee to get the PCORnet project off the ground. Currently, Bill serves as Patient Investigator on several research projects.

Bill is the Community Manager of COPD360social, a social network for patients, caregivers and professionals. Bill contributes on many of the Foundation’s educational publications and has been interviewed extensively by national media outlets as he is considered an authority on travelling with supplemental oxygen and Medicare issues affecting COPD patients. Bill travels throughout the country as a noted speaker on COPD issues, addressing corporate, patient and professional groups. Additionally, Bill is on the Executive Board of the American Sleep Apnea Association.

A retired Special Education teacher in a rural Ohio school district for 28 years, he lives in Southern Ohio with his wife Alice and their 2 dogs, Lucy and Molly.

Live Auction

We were very excited to present a live auction of this original photograph, generously donated by acclaimed artist-photographer and Gala co-chair Joel Sternfeld. This piece is part of Joel's work, Walking the High Line.

Title: The High Line on an Evening in August 2001, 1/7
Specs: 36 1/4" x 49 7/16"

Walking the High Line Photograph

Description from the Artist, Joel Sternfeldplus

In March of 2000 I began to photograph the High Line, the abandoned elevated railroad that went down the West Side of Manhattan. I was working with a very small organization, The Friends of the High Line, as we struggled to save the weed and wildflower covered structure from imminent destruction. I made pictures in every season for over a year, but when I learned that the city's administration at the time had signed an imminent tear-down order, I went to my publisher Gerhard Steidl and we quickly made the book, Walking the High Line. In my work and in the book, I only included pictures with grey or neutral skies - I didn't want it to appear as if I was dramatizing. I wanted it to look as if any glory in the pictures was emanating from the High Line itself. But, one evening in August, 2001 I just couldn't resist and I made this photograph - it will be in the next edition of Walking the High Line.

About the Artist, Joel Sternfeldplus

Joel Sternfeld is an artist-photographer whose work is concerned with utopic and dystopic possibilities of the American experience.

Ever since the publication of his landmark study, American Prospects in 1987 his work has maintained conceptual and political aspects, while also being steeped in history, art history, landscape theory and attention to seasonal passage.

His work represents a melding of time and place that serves to elucidate, honor, and warn. The images hold a certain urgency, as their histories survive solely through their photographic representation— they are an archive for the future.

Sternfeld is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and spent a year in Italy on a Rome Prize. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, where he holds the Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History.

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