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I am excited to be attending RESOLVE’S Night of Hope Gala in New York City on Tuesday Evening, September 28th 2010! I am expecting a wonderful night with colleagues and friends! Below is a list of the Hope Award Recipients. I look forward to seeing YOU there!

Night of Hope Awardees

2010 RESOLVE Night of Hope Award Recipients are:

Barbara Eck Founder’s Award This prestigious award is named in honor of RESOLVE’s founder. It is presented annually to an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in the field of infertility or infertility resolution. Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD, Professor Emeritus, EVMS

This year’s recipient is Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD, who is celebrating his 100th birthday in December. Dr. Jones and his late wife Dr. Georgeanna Jones were pioneers in the field of reproductive medicine and were responsible for the first IVF pregnancy success in the United States.

The Hope Award for Achievement Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose accomplishments are worthy and whose actions are socially commendable which result in a material contribution to the lives of those diagnosed with infertility.

The View “The View,” recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Talk Show,” is ABC Daytime’s morning chatfest, featuring a team of dynamic womenof different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day. “The View” featured a special one-hour show dedicated to infertility. Click here for more information.

The Hope Award for Service Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has either advanced RESOLVE or its mission in a significant manner.

J. Benjamin Younger Office of Public Affairs at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)The Public Affairs office of ASRM has worked alongside RESOLVE for many years on federal policy and state legislative issues. Our joint efforts have made a significant difference in fighting anti-family legislation at the state level the past few years.

The Hope Award for Innovation Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation who have demonstrated the creation and application of an innovative idea, product, service, or medical procedure that has enhanced the lives of those diagnosed with infertility.

The Research and Development team at Church & Dwight, Co., Inc.The R & D team at Church & Dwight, Co., Inc. developed the first over the counter at-home Fertility Test for women, allowing women to take charge of their fertility and seek the help of a specialist sooner.

The Hope Award for Advocacy This award is given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has raised public awareness, advanced a legislative agenda, or prompted change for the benefit of those diagnosed with infertility.

Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center, Rockville, MDFor many years Shady Grove Fertility has fought to either strengthen or protect the insurance mandate for infertility treatment in the state of Maryland. Shady Grove physicians have testified at hearings, recruited patients to testify, and mobilized their patients to take action whenever it was needed. Shady Grove staff has also provided assistance on federal legislation. Lee Rubin Collins Collins is a RESOLVE board member and co-chair of the Advocacy Committee. She has worked tirelessly on federal legislation, federal policy issues, and state legislation that would improve the lives for all women and men diagnosed with infertility. Collins is a sought-after public speaker on infertility, advocacy, and patient support.

Risa A. LevineLevine is spearheading federal advocacy efforts for RESOLVE including passage of The Family Building Act, CDC appropriations, and increased research funding for infertility. Levine served as Chair of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in 2008 and 2009 and chaired RESOLVE’s Congressional Briefing in 2010.Renee Whitley

Whitley is the co-chair of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Committee. She has volunteered for many years in her home state of Georgia and serves as an invaluable resource for volunteers, professionals, legislators and their staff across the country on issues related to infertility. She was instrumental in stopping passage of S. 169, a bill that would have severely impacted access to infertility treatment in Georgia.

The Hope Award for Nursing The Hope Award for Nursing is given to an individual who has exemplified the field of nursing, specifically in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, providing compassionate and skilled care to all patients.

Sylvia T. Parrett, RN, MSWComplementing her nursing degree from St. Benedict College, Sylvia earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus. Her career has demonstrated tenacious devotion as a nurse, as well as relentless advocacy of those who wrestle with uncertainty and tremendous challenges. Ms. Parrett is Clinical Manager at the Acacio Fertility Center, Laguna Niguel, California.

Joanne J. Amato Excellence in Nursing AwardThe Northeast Region of RESOLVE, in partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and the Amato Family, present the Joanne J. Amato Excellence in Nursing Award to memorialize Joanne’s outstanding clinical skills, compassionate manner, and dedication to patient care.

Joanne Libraro, RN, BSN
Joanne Libraro has been involved in Reproductive Medicine for the last 14 years. Joanne has an extensive background in Women’s Health including certification in Prepared Childbirth Instruction, GYN Oncology, and Labor and Delivery. Joanne joined the Division of Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in 1995 as a staff nurse. She assumed a Senior Staff position in 1997 and in 2004 became the Director of Patient Care. Click here for more information.

Team RESOLVE Choice Awards The Team RESOLVE Choice Awards were chosen by thousands of RESOLVE constituents across the country who voted online for their favorite Blog and Book.

The Hope Award for Best Blog: “A Little Pregnant”

Vermont writer Julie Robichaux has been blogging since early 2003, when what began as a conventional pregnancy blog turned into a first-person account of infertility and its aftermath. Sharing her story with frankness, irreverence, and humor, she has encouraged the growth of a large, supportive online community of people facing family-building challenges. Seven years, eight IVFs, and two kids later, she’s still exploring the infertile experience at A Little Pregnant.

The Hope Award for Best Book: Silent Sorority by Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos

Pamela Mahoney TsigdinosPamela is an author, blogger and infertility survivor. She wrote Silent Sorority to give voice to the large but little known population of women left to confront the often unpredictable impacts of infertility when nature and science find their limits.

The Inaugural Hope Award for Best Viral Video: Keiko Zoll and those involved with the video “What IF? A portrait of infertility.” To access the video, visit
Keiko ZollSince the launch of her short film, What IF: A Portrait of Infertility, in April 2010, Keiko has become a tireless advocate for infertility awareness and research in her free time. She writes regularly for her blog, Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed, chronicling both her personal journey through infertility as well as her advocacy efforts.

Family Building Employer of the Year – Robins & Morton Co-sponsored by RESOLVE and Conceive Magazine

Robins & Morton is a nationally-ranked general contractor specializing in complex healthcare, commercial, education and industrial projects. This organization tied for the number one spot on the list of “50 Best Companies” for adoption and fertility treatment benefits as published in the summer issue of Conceive.

Family Building Champion Hope Award – Baker & McKenzie and PricewaterhouseCoopers Co-sponsored by RESOLVE and Conceive Magazine
Baker & McKenzie, a national law firm, ranked in the Top Ten on the list of “50 Best Companies” for their adoption and infertility benefits.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four auditing firms, with 29,000 U.S. employees, ranked in the Top Ten on the list of “50 Best Companies” for their adoption and infertility benefits.

Awards winners will be listed above as they are accepted. Please check back to see who else has won these prestigious awards.
To learn more about these awards, click here.


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