The Doobie Brothers Event Raises $1.4 Million for Critical Lupus Research

The Doobie Brothers Performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research
Honors Indra K. Nooyi Gala in New York
Event Raises $1.4 Million for Critical Lupus Research 

December 16, 2014, New York, NY – The Doobie Brothers performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research’s
(ALR) 2014 Benefit Dinner to raise funds for biomedical lupus research,
honoring Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
PepsiCo, Inc. Nooyi was recognized Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the
event held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. With the support
of the PepsiCo Foundation, the event raised 1.4 million dollars for
lupus research. Robert W. Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of iHeartMedia, Inc. and co-chair of the event, invited the legendary
rock band to appear.
Doobie Brothers, who are currently celebrating the release of their new
album Southbound on Arista Nashville, were honored to perform.Tom
Johnston, Doobies founding member adds, “We’d like to thank all the
folks at ALR for having us be a part of such a worthy cause. We enjoyed
meeting and talking with Indra about her love of music. We’d also like
to give a special thanks to Bob Pittman at iHeart Media, and Robert Wood
(Woody) Johnson for having us on board for this event.  It was truly an
honor to meet and play music for you all!”
other dinner co-chairs were Robert Wood Johnson IV, Chairman and Chief
Executive Office of the New York Jets; and Hugh F. Johnston, Executive
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo, Inc..

Additional guests included Lesly Simon, Vice President of Promotion,
Arista Nashville, and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and
General Manager of National Programming Platforms at iHeartMedia, Inc.

About Lupus
lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease
that can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body,
including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain. As many as 1.5
million people in the United States have lupus which affects mostly
women during childbearing years, though men and children can have the
disease. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women than
in Caucasian women and is also more prevalent in women of Latino,
Asian, and Native American descent.
About the ALR
The Alliance for Lupus Research
(ALR) is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding
better treatments and ultimately preventing and curing systemic lupus
erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease. The
organization is based in New York City and chaired by Robert Wood
Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson.
Since its founding in 1999, the ALR has given more money to lupus
research than any non-governmental agency in the world. By the end of
2014, the ALR will have committed nearly $100 million to fund the most
innovative and aggressive research into the cause, prevention and cure
of lupus.  The board of directors funds all administrative and
fundraising costs, allowing one hundred percent of all donations from
the public, and the proceeds of our signature grassroots fundraising
program, Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, to go directly to support research
programs. More information can be found at
ALR board of directors funds all ALR administrative and fundraising
expenses, so 100% of all donations received go directly to support lupus
About The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden,
guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48
million albums and winning four GRAMMY awards. Boasting one of the most
loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new
material and tour the world. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter,
filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan and appearing
for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry. Their relationship with
Nashville continues to unfold with the November 2014 release of a
Southbound on Arista Records Nashville.  

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