Hosted tonight at The Union League, the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation’s Beyond Beauty fund-raiser is bringing together industry executives to raise funds and awareness around Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
“The day before he died, my son said he wanted to make a difference,” said Linda Marshall, who created the foundation to honor her late son, who passed away due to complications from OCD in 2002. “We wanted to fulfill this last dream for him and the industry has come to support the whole thing.”
Funds raised at the event support the research of Dr. Gerald Nestadt, director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Dr. Nestadt’s team works on genetic research to discover better treatments and management for those with OCD. With the event, the foundation has raised roughly $3.8 million since its inception.
The fund-raiser will also honor three individuals: Elana Drell-Szyfer, chief executive officer of RéVive Skin Care; Achim Daub, global president of Symrise AG, and actress Danielle Lauder. The evening’s emcee will be NBC journalist Joelle Garguilo.
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“I am grateful to be honored at the Beyond Beauty event along with the other honorees,” Daub said. “As industry leaders, we are in the position to create more awareness about OCD. Working for one of the global leaders in delivering well-being and beauty through fragrance and ingredients, I was keen to understand what connections exist between the things we do as a company and this tragic disorder.”
The event will also bring together the filmmakers of “Unstuck,” a documentary that shows how OCD affects young kids.
“This recognition is most unexpected and incredibly humbling,” Drell-Szyfer said on being honored. “The past few months have been a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge about the foundation and the important research being conducted by Dr. Nestadt and his team at Johns Hopkins. I admire the platform of advocacy and funding that [Marshall] has created. It combines our shared love of the beauty industry and its community and the importance of carrying forward into the future the memory and impact of beloved family members.”