On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the Lupus Foundation of America honored several key supporters of the fight against systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at the Evening of Hope New York City Gala. Alan Siegel, the President and CEO of Siegelvision, who received the Visionary Award for helping with the Foundation’s branding and messaging.

This prestigious event was co-hosted by ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars star Ian Harding together with 17-year-old SLE patient Josie Pearce, who learned of her disease in 2013. Both Harding and Pearce have spent several years advocating for the fight against SLE, under the Foundation, and are currently active supporters of the KNOW LUPUS national campaign launched earlier this year.

The star-studded gala featured an inspiring performance by Meghan Linsey of the 8th Season of NBC’s The Voice, and a surprise appearance from Whoopi Goldberg, who was previously recognized by the Foundation in 2012 for her contributions in raising awareness on lupus.

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Shkumbin Mustafa