Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00
Joanne K. Adams of Garden City, director of community relations for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), will be honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) at its inaugural “Top 25 Champions for a Cure” Reception Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The awards reception, hosted by The Woodlands Country Club, Woodbury, NY, will honor 25 worthy advocates who have been afflicted by, committed to education, or dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and/or kidney disease. “We are pleased to honor Joanne as one of the top 25 individuals who has done so much for prostate cancer and kidney disease,” noted Shirley Baer, KUFA’s executive director.
As director of community relations for The New York Racing Association, Inc., Adams serves as a liaison between NYRA and the local communities surrounding Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. She coordinates NYRA’s charitable giving and serves as NYRA’s representative to the local business communities. She represents NYRA on the Saratoga and Aqueduct Local Advisory Boards and as a member of the Board of the Elmont and Garden City Chambers of Commerce (COC).
Adams was graduated from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and the Cathedral School of St. Mary, Garden City. She currently serves as president of The Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s. She is a sustaining member of The Junior League of the City of New York, past president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation and past president and board member of the Garden City Historical Society. She currently serves on the board of the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.).
Adams is the recipient of the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award from the Garden City Chamber of Commerce and she was presented with the 2002 New York State Senate Liberty Award for her role as chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Benefit for the Garden City Family Relief Fund. In 2011, she was selected as one of thoroughbred racing’s “Unsung Heroes” by the Thoroughbred Times and she received the 2011 Businessperson of the Year Award from the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce.
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with kidney and urologic diseases and individuals waiting for organ and tissue transplants. Kidney disease in this country has reached epidemic proportions due to an increase in diabetes, hypertensive disease, and obesity. Nearly 500,000 Americans have irreversible kidney failure and require dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. Urologic diseases include prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. Painful kidney stones and urinary tract infections account for millions of physician and hospital visits each year. The Kidney & Urology Foundation focuses on care and support of the patient, the concerns of those at risk, education for the community and medical professionals, methods of prevention, and improved treatment options.