It’s time for Karen Murray to be in the spotlight.
On May 10, the Marfan Foundation will honor Murray, the newly named chief executive officer of Sequential Brands Group, with the inaugural Inspiration of Excellence Award. Murray will receive the award at its group’s annual Heartworks gala at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
At the same time, the group will present its Hero With a Heart Award to Dr. Joseph Coselli, the Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and Sinclair Li, executive vice president of CBRE Inc.
“Karen Murray inspires excellence in her every action, with her dedication to the cause and her compassion for everyone living with these life-threatening conditions,” said Michael Weamer, president and ceo of The Marfan Foundation. “The Marfan Foundation would not be where it is today without her. Karen is a force for good.”
Murray’s son Michael was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, 20 years ago at the age of five. Murray serves as the chair of the foundation’s board of directors and has worked tirelessly to provide strategic direction in the areas of research, legislative advocacy, public awareness and patient support. In addition, she has advocated on Capitol Hill for research funding, appeared on countless national television programs and in other national media to increase awareness, and has served as corporate host of Heartworks since its inception in 1998.
At this year’s event, actress Julie Halston will serve as master of ceremonies and Broadway star Stephanie Mills will perform.
“We are honored to present Hero With a Heart Awards to Dr. Coselli, for the critical role he has played in advancing the field of aortic surgery and taking care of patients, and to Sinclair, for his ongoing support of research on aortic disease,” Weamer said. “Because of their commitment and support, the future looks bright for people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders who are diagnosed and treated.”
The Heartworks gala has raised more than $12 million for the foundation to date with the proceeds being used for education, patient support and research.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the awards. Sequential Brands Group is the event’s Victory sponsor. Other sponsors include Burlington Coat Factory, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Nautica/Kipling, One Jeanswear Group, Ross Stores Inc. and VF Corp.