amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

CPFA Sunset Cocktail Reception


On June 4, 2009, Ann Curry presented the board of Concerned Parents for AIDS Research (CPFA) with an award in recognition of their 20-year commitment to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic among parents and raising much-needed funds for AIDS research. The award was presented during a cocktail reception at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.  Funds raised during the evening benefited amfAR’s Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.




The Board of CPFA and Its 20 Years of Commitment
Roberta Bogen, Chairman
Eileen Mitzman, President
Tina Simner, Founding President
Carol Gertz, Senior Vice President
Wendy Wetchler, Vice President
Rosalind Glaser, Founding Vice President
Marjorie Emden, Vice President of Special Events
Andrea Acker, Vice President of Special Events 
Ivy Duneier, Medical Advisor, Director of Grants
Dr. Andrew Lipschitz, Medical Advisor, Grants Administrator
Lois Nipon, Treasurer
Annie Gilbert, Secretary
Rory Teitelbaum, Secretary


Concerned Parents for AIDS Research

CPFA was established in January 1989 by parents who, in light of Alison Gertz’s public revelation that she had AIDS, realized that all their children were at risk.  CPFA’s mission is to secure an AIDS-free future for all children by funding basic biomedical and clinical research projects that will lead to a more complete understanding of the disease process, the development of better treatments, and ultimately, the discovery of a vaccine and a cure for AIDS.  CPFA reaches out to parents to increase their awareness of the threat AIDS poses to everyone and to show them how they can become involved in ending this public health crisis. Since its inception, CPFA has raised more than $6 million to support research teams seeking to increase our understanding of HIV/AIDS and to devise new methods of preventing and treating the disease.  In 1996, an alliance was formed with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research to utilize the Foundation’s rigorous peer review system as the basis for awarding CPFA grants.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New York, NY