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PCRM Celebrates the Art of Compassion

In a moment of spontaneity at PCRM’s Art of Compassion gala, actor Alec Baldwin and musician Moby decided to auction off dinner with the both of them at Moby’s New York City apartment. In less than two minutes, they had raised $30,000 in critical funding for PCRM and demonstrated what the art of compassion is all about.

Mary Morgan and Moby present the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in MedicineOn April 14, Washington, D.C.’s historic Mellon Auditorium was transformed into a glamorous setting for hundreds of PCRM supporters who traveled across the country and from as far away as Europe to celebrate the organization’s successes and look forward to the future. The support included plenty of star power, with Baldwin serving as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. In addition to Moby, he was joined by Marilu Henner, House’s Lisa Edelstein, Persia White of Girlfriends, and soap stars Peggy McCay and Grant Aleksander to host the event. International music star Shani Rigsbee performed two songs during the program.

PCRM recognized three individuals for outstanding contributions to medicine. The Art of Compassion award was given to Daran Haber, M.D., for his commitment to the principle of compassion in research and medicine. The Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine was presented to David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., creator of the glycemic index. And the Henry J. Heimlich Award for Innovative Medicine was presented by Dr. Heimlich himself to Randal Charlton, founder and CEO of Asterand, a biotechnology company that is revolutionizing scientific research with new non-animal testing methods.

PCRM also recognized Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio for her ongoing promotion of nutrition, and Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia for his commitment to protecting animals.

Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres created by New York’s Candle 79, a first course by Sublime in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., an entrée by San Francisco’s Millennium, and a decadent dessert buffet by famed macrobiotic chef Eric Lachasseur. One of the evening’s highlights was a silent auction that featured a wide array of items, from scrubs decorated by Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood to world-class vacation getaways. Guests were also able to support PCRM’s programs directly by pledging to be yearlong sponsors of specific campaigns.

The incredible enthusiasm and generous support of PCRM members made the gala an extraordinary event. PCRM depends on the support of its members to continue its critical work promoting plant-based diets and ethical research and is grateful for the continuing generosity of its members, which allows PCRM to keep going strong.

View photo highlights from the Art of Compassion gala here >


PCRM Online, May 2007

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