Neil Beckerman, President & CEO of Unilever Bestfoods, North America will receive the Living and Giving Award on Saturday, April 6, 2002 at the Dream Gala of the Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). The black tie event will take place at the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, New Jersey and is expected to raise more than $350,000 for research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.
Mr. Beckerman has been on the board of JDRF in California and is currently on the board in the Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter. "I'm so honored to be able to do this extremely important work," said Neil Beckerman. "My wife has Type 1 diabetes and I understand the daily difficulties and stress this puts on a family. Insulin is life support and not a cure."
There will be a live and silent auction and music will be provided by Stephanie Mills and Ray Chew and the Crew from the World Famous Apollo Theatre. For information, contact the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at (201) 568-4838. The event also will feature a "Fund-A-Cure" drive in which donations are made directly to fund a diabetes research grant.
Dr. Harvey Kaufman, President of the Board of the Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter of JDRF, said, "We are honored to have Neil Beckerman for this night. He has done so much to help us find a cure. Partnerships with outstanding citizens such as Mr. Beckerman are what enable JDRF to speed faster down the path to a cure."
JDRF, the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes -- a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $500 million to diabetes research worldwide. We are proud to say that 87 cents of every dollar goes directly to research and education about research. Our mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, visit our website at http://www.jdrf.org/, or call (201) 568-4838.
SOURCE: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Contact: Farah Stith, +1-201-568-4838, for Juvenile Diabetes Research