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CEO Humphrey Receives Autism Hero Award


 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2011

David Humphrey, CEO of Kirkman®, Receives First "Autism Hero" Award from NWAF

 

Portland, OR, June 23, 2011 – David Humphrey, noted philanthropist and president and CEO of Kirkman® will be honored by the Northwest Autism Foundation for his contribution to the cause of autism awareness.  Humphrey will receive the foundation's first-ever "Hero of Autism" award at a banquet to be held at the Rose Garden Arena on Saturday, June 25.

“The Hero of Autism award recognizes someone who has really done a lot for the cause,” said Joe Taylor, executive director of the Northwest Autism Foundation. “We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Humphrey to receive the first award. He has done so much in so many areas and he’s made some real advancements around the world in the projects he’s headed up for us.”

Humphrey has been a long-time supporter of the foundation, and has served on its board of directors for over a decade. He has been a strong advocate for developing treatment approaches towards autism. Humphrey has also been instrumental in leading many national initiatives, including the Autism Treatment Network and the Autism Forum think-tank.

“I’m honored to be the first recipient of the foundation’s Hero of Autism award,” said Humphrey. “But really, it’s the kids and the families of the kids with autism that are the real heroes. They are the reason why we all do as much as we can.”

The award will be presented at the first annual Northwest Autism Foundation Gala, a fundraising and awareness boosting event. The Gala will be held on the floor of the Rose Garden Arena at 6:00 p.m., and will include a cocktail hour, dinner, panel discussions, speeches, and an auction to benefit the foundation. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $125 for individuals. Special rates may be available for tables of 8 or more. In addition to the Gala, the foundation will also host its third annual Golf Classic tournament at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains. For more information on the either event, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.autismnwaf.org/ or call the foundation at 503-557-2111.
 
ABOUT KIRKMAN

KIRKMAN®, founded in 1949, is the oldest and largest manufacturer of nutritional supplements for individuals with special dietary requirements and sensitivities, including those with autism. The company recently introduced Ultra Tested™ products, the only nutritional supplement line in the world that is tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants.

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST AUTISM FOUNDATION

The Northwest Autism Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 and based in Oregon City, Oregon. Its mission is to provide valuable and accurate education and information to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as to families, caregivers and professionals of individuals with ASD.