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2013 Spring Benefit brings attention to chilhood genetic disorders

HudsonAlpha will hold its fifth annual Spring Benefit on Thursday, April 25. Proceeds from the event will fund the institute's research on childhood genetic disorders.

Hope for young patients and their families lies at the intersection of HudsonAlpha research and the practice of Dr. Martina Bebin, a pediatric neurologist at North Alabama Children’s Specialists in Huntsville. Genetic conditions that affect growth, behavior, and cognition are common and pervasive; HudsonAlpha scientists are searching for answers.

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Genome Circle recognition dinner

HudsonAlpha hosted the inaugural Genome Circle recognition dinner on Thursday, February 7. The event was an opportunity for HudsonAlpha administrators, faculty investigators and educators to thank members of the Genome Circle—the institute's major giving program.

Nearly 200 guests heard from co-founder Jim Hudson, HudsonAlpha President and Director Rick Myers, Ph.D., and Genome Circle co-chair John Jurenko.  Jurenko's personal battle with Parkinson's disease inspired him and his wife, Ruth, to donate $500,000 to support a collaborative study on Parkinson's by researchers at HudsonAlpha and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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HudsonAlpha volunteers celebrated at luncheon

Throughout the year, HudsonAlpha volunteers donate time and talents to advance the institute's mission. On Friday, February 22, HudsonAlpha executive management and staff gratefully acknowledged the hard work of these individuals at the 2013 volunteer appreciation luncheon.

Last year, HudsonAlpha's generous volunteers donated 275.5 hours to institute initiatives. According to the Independent Sector, a national coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs, the average hourly dollar value applied to volunteers is $21.79. For HudsonAlpha, that's about $6,000 of in-kind assistance to strengthen the institute's mission.

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Luncheon supports HudsonAlpha research

For a second year, Huntsville philanthropists Pennie and Tom Keene hosted a women's luncheon in support of HudsonAlpha. Donations from luncheon guests, which were supplemented by the Keenes and a matching gift from UBS Financial Services, will support research projects at HudsonAlpha.