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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: Kenneth Frager
July 1, 2004
STATEMENT FROM JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE REGARDING THE CHARITY AUCTION BENEFITING THE ROBERT PACKARD CENTER FOR ALS RESEARCH
Johns Hopkins sincerely regrets the misunderstandings and miscommunications that resulted in certain bids at an auction for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, where proceeds were to benefit this Hopkins-associated research center. Hopkins accepts responsibility for the resulting missteps and their consequences.
At Hopkins’ request, full refunds have been made. In future events of this nature, Hopkins also will take appropriate steps to ensure that accurate and specific descriptions of the items being auctioned are provided, so that similar missteps are not repeated.
Hopkins wishes to emphasize that neither Mr. Tony Bennett nor his staff was aware of the charity auction. Hopkins is deeply appreciative of Mr. Bennett’s involvement and support of the Packard Center. The Packard Center and its researchers are involved in seeking to identify a cure for ALS, a uniformly fatal disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans, with 3,000 to 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Because the Packard Center does not receive federal funding for research, the support of the community is critical.
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