On November 13, 2008, Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne and Bob Wright were honored by the Columbia Presbyterian Health Services Advisory Council with their Award for Distinguished Service. This honor is given to a select group of individuals who have shown a strong and committed interest in the health sciences and whose influence and reputation have made a significant impact on the public, especially concerning health care. The Council, established in 1981, consists of distinguished individuals drawn from industry and society, who contribute a variety of professional and personal skills and experience, and are strongly committed to encouraging excellence in healthcare. Their mission is to build recognition and resources for Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center's programs in health care education, research, and patient services and advise the leadership of the campus on various issues and questions of policy concerning both the Hospital and the University.
Suzanne Wright speaks after accepting the Health Council's award
Photos by Eve Vagg
View highligts from the awards luncheon
YouTube Video ~ 1 minute
Previous recipients of this award include: Christopher Reeve ('98), Tipper Gore ('94), Anna Wintour ('96) The Parkinson's Disease Foundation ('98) and Andrea Jung ('00).
Dr. Lee Goldman, Dr. Herbert Pardes, Verna George, and David George present Suzanne Wright with the award
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Suzanne Wright and Mrs. Phyllis Mailman