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100 Women in Hedge Funds raises $1.93m for Cerebral Palsy International

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a leading global non-profit organization for alternative investment management investors and professionals, today announced that, through the success of its annual New York Gala and other U.S. fundraising events this year, $1.93 million in gross proceeds were raised for the benefit of Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) and its initiatives, including Transforming Healthcare for Women with Disabilities. This past September 100WHF members and colleagues participated in the Step Up for CPIRF campaign to take 10,000 steps each day and collected donations to support their efforts to help women with disabilities. CPIRF's Transforming Healthcare for Women with Disabilities initiative aims to bring about change in the delivery of basic medical services to women with physical disabilities, including brain injuries and other neurological disabilities. CPIRF will work with prestigious medical center partners in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to develop and deliver improved healthcare impacting 600 women during the program's first year.

At last night's Gala, 100WHF presented its 2014 North American Industry Leadership Award to Jane Buchan, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO), for her dedication to the alternatives industry. 100WHF also honored Paul A. Volcker, Chairman Emeritus of CPIRF, at the event for his passionate, long-time support of CPIRF.

Lauren Malafronte, 100WHF Board of Directors Executive Committee member and Managing Director at Scotiabank said, "This year 100 Women in Hedge Funds held multiple events to provide our members, their colleagues and friends with the opportunity to support Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation. Our Galas and traditional fundraising programs were supported by a Step Up program in which participants committed to take 10,000 steps each day to collect donations for CPIRF. We are thrilled that so many members joined in the effort to increase awareness of Cerebral Palsy and raise funds for CPIRF throughout the year."

Richard Ellenson, Chief Executive Officer of CPIRF commented, "Women with disabilities begin each day with challenges many of us can’t comprehend. Getting basic healthcare should not be one of them. The initiative we’re supporting tonight will transform lives for so many – and set the stage for even more.”

Honoree Jane Buchan started PAAMCO in 2000 along with three co-founders. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO for overall business strategy and firm direction, Ms. Buchan remains actively involved in PAAMCO’s investment process as a member of the firm’s Investment Oversight Committee. Ms. Buchan began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group. She has also been an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Ms. Buchan holds both a PhD and a MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University, and she earned a BA in Economics from Yale University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for many well-respected organizations and was named one of the “50 Women in Hedge Funds,” published by The Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young, in 2013, 2010 and 2009. Ms. Buchan is also a 100WHF Charter Angel, one of the senior members whose vision and generosity supported the initial founding of 100WHF and its operations.

Since its formation in 2001, 100WHF has raised more than $33 million globally for philanthropic causes in the areas of Women's and Family Health, Education and Mentoring. 100WHF's three core pillars include industry education, peer leverage and philanthropy. The organization’s philanthropic mission is to utilize its collective abilities and expertise in order to give back to the local community in an impactful way. 100WHF’s Board of Directors chooses beneficiaries on a rotating basis, and the global philanthropic theme for 2014 is Women’s and Family Health.

The annual Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street and more than 550 alternative investment industry leaders and professionals attended. Rosanna Scotto, Co-Anchor of Good Day New York, served as Master of Ceremonies, and guests enjoyed live musical performances by Livingston Taylor and Audra McDonald, a six-time Tony Award winning Broadway and television actress and singer.

To make a donation, please contact Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Hedge Funds or visit http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/ny_gala_donate.php. About 100 Women in Hedge Funds (www.100womeninhedgefunds.org) 100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 12,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted over 450 industry education events globally, connected more than 250 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised over $33 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women's and family health, education and mentoring.

About Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (www.cpirf.org) The Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization with the dual mission to maximize the potential and quality of life of people with Cerebral Palsy and their families and to reduce the prevalence and impact of Cerebral Palsy through funding cutting-edge research. Since our founding in 1955, CPIRF has contributed more than $40 million for research grants to support approximately 500 research projects in the biomedical and clinical sciences and in bioengineering. The Foundation has provided guidance, funds and other resources to research programs in the United States, the Middle East, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Greece as part of its global commitment to research and medical discoveries. Our website offers access to over 160 "research fact sheets", web casts of scientific workshops, current and past research projects as well as discussion forums regarding treatments currently available for CP. CPIRF also contributes to national and international meetings and organizes scientific workshops designed to identify research opportunities and provide state of the art knowledge concerning CP prevention, cure and care.

CPIRF's Transforming Healthcare for Women with Disabilities Initiative aims to bring about change in delivery of basic medical services to women with physical disabilities, including brain injuries and other neurological disabilities. CPIRF will work with prestigious medical center partners in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to develop and deliver improved healthcare impacting 600 women during the program's first year.

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