Gala Marks Foundation’s 40 Years of Leadership in New York and the Nation

More than 600 celebrated this milestone year with us at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall—and together raised $2 million for lupus research and awareness!

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Gala honorees Susan and Morrie Golick began the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation in Susan’s living room 40 years ago. Watch the video everyone at the Gala saw—on how the fight against lupus began there, in New York City, and spread across the nation, and what our 40 years of leadership has meant to the lupus community:

“There’s nothing like a father’s love for his daughter,” agreed Gala co-hosts MSNBC Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough (below, left).

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Jessye Norman

And Avery Fisher Hall’s theater hummed with entertainment!

Opera star Jessye Norman (above, right) opened the evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Climb Every Mountain.”

Tony Award winner (Nine) and two-time Emmy nominee (“30 Rock”) Jane Krakowski kept the crowd enthralled along with 30 Rock co-star Cheyenne Jackson as they closed the program with a festive performance of Broadway show tunes and pop hits.

Jane Krakowski

“I am honored to be a part of such a fabulous night and for such a great cause. Lupus affects so many people, mostly young women in the prime of their lives,” Krakowski said.

Foundation Board of Directors President Richard K. Descherer introduced remarks communicated by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who “spoke” via video to the crowd of 40 years of leadership in New York.

Corporate honorees Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline graciously accepted their awards for developing the first potential new lupus treatment to be approved in over 50 years.

Dinner followed the evening’s entertainment.

Life Without Lupus Gala Dinner

All proceeds from the Life Without Lupus® gala support the foundation in its commitment to lupus research and the ongoing care New Yorkers suffering from the life-threatening autoimmune disease.