Geoffrey Beene CEO Receives Research!America Advocacy Award

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WASHINGTON—March 1, 2010—G. Thompson Hutton, Esq., Trustee and CEO of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC, will receive Research!America's 2010 Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. The award recognizes his leadership behind the Foundation's national public service campaign "Rock Stars of Science" and many other philanthropic and advocacy initiatives in support of medical research.

Hutton will be honored March 16, 2010, at the 14th annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. 

Hutton became president and CEO of Geoffrey Beene, LLC in 2004 and established the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® philanthropic initiative in 2006. In a unique business-philanthropic model, all Geoffrey Beene corporate profits are donated to philanthropic causes that support innovative research for medical and other societal challenges.

Hutton initiated and led the creation of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for which the Beene Foundation is the primary funding source. Through Geoffrey Beene Gives Back®, he supports other medical research such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, public education initiatives, and social causes to improve quality of life. Hutton created the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer's Initiative, which spearheaded the "Rock Stars of Science" campaign and was one of the lead co-sponsors of the 2009 HBO pioneering documentary series "The Alzheimer's Project."

Under his leadership, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® launched the "Rock Stars of Science" campaign in June 2009 in GQ magazine pairing leading scientists with well-known rock stars to advocate for increased research funding and engage the next generation in science. The campaign ads later appeared in other Conde Nast publications. In September 2009, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® and other organizations held a "Rock Stars of Science" briefing/concert performance on Capitol Hill to celebrate scientists and research.

Award benefactor Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College, is widely recognized as one of the country's preeminent physicians. He is the best-selling author of numerous health-related books, a nationally recognized health news commentator and a Research!America emeritus director.

Other 2010 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are U.S. Representative David Obey (D-WI); March of Dimes; California Institute for Regenerative Medicine board chair Robert Klein, JD; J. David Gladstone Institutes Founding Director Robert Mahley, MD, PhD; and advocate-philanthropist Ann Lurie.

Photos of Hutton from the Advocacy Awards event will be available on March 17 at www.researchamerica.org/march16.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2010 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 14th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research. For more information, visit: www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards

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