|NEWS RELEASE||April 19, 2005|
Alec Baldwin, Other Celebs Turn Out for PCRM Gala
Photos of PCRM's 20th Anniversary Celebration Now Available Online
WASHINGTON—Celebrities and supporters of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) turned out on Saturday night, April 16, for PCRM’s 20th anniversary gala celebration in Washington. Master of ceremonies Alec Baldwin was joined by Alicia Silverstone, Daryl Hannah, film director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), and Emmylou Harris, who sang three numbers. The event, held at the majestic Organization of American States headquarters near the White House, attracted a crowd of nearly 400 people, including many prominent physicians. Initial PCRM estimates were that the gala raised $300,000.
Photos of the gala and the celebrities are available free to media. In addition, there was a silent auction of hospital scrubs hand decorated by a host of celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Woody Harrelson, Noah Wyle, Jamie Lee Curtis, Clint Eastwood, rock legend Grace Slick, and others. One auction winner paid $2,500 for a walk-on part in the next film of Hollywood director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Troy, The Perfect Storm, In the Line of Fire).
Highlights of the 20th anniversary celebration included a presentation on a groundbreaking new insulin assay devised by PCRM scientists, the debut of a new public service announcement about healthy eating and cancer prevention narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, and presentation of The Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine by Mary Morgan, widow of the late pediatrician. The event was featured in the “Reliable Source” of the Washington Post, on Sunday, April 17, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59569-2005Apr16.html.
Under the leadership of founder and president Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM has grown from a small circle of concerned healthcare professionals in 1985 to a major nonprofit advocacy and research organization with a membership that includes more than 5,000 physicians and 100,000 laypersons.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.