Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Whittemore Peterson Institute a national winner

For Immediate Release Wednesday ,May 18,2011 Whittemore Peterson Institute a national winner;

by Whittemore Peterson Institute on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:25pm

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 18, 2011   

Whittemore Peterson Institute a national winner; Receives $25,000 grant from Chase Community Giving Campaign -WPI finishes in top five in round one; may receive up to $500,000 - Reno, Nev.

 – The Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) has advanced to round two in the Chase Community Giving campaign for an opportunity to receive a donation of $500,000 to support its research and medical programs.  This innovative charitable campaign lets Facebook fans of Chase Community Giving vote to help determine which nonprofit organization will receive the top donation of $500,000.  All charities that have progressed to round two have the chance to submit an original "big idea" that demonstrates how they would use the donation to further their mission.

The charity receiving the most votes between May 19 and May 25, 2011, will receive the donation.  "Additional funding is critical to one of the missions of the WPI which is to provide patient care to those who suffer from neuro-immune diseases," said Annette Whittemore, president and CEO of WPI. "Winning this money through the Chase Community Giving campaign will help to support the opening of our new medical practice at the institute and allow us to set up a special fund for patients who would otherwise be unable to pay for their medical care.  With literally thousands of nonprofits competing for these grants, we are so gratified to be selected to move on to the second round."  

WPI was recently announced as one of only 100 winners of $25,000 in round one of the competition. As a top vote-getter, WPI has the opportunity to be voted as the top charitable organization and win $500,000. WPI's "big idea" includes supporting the opening of its 10,000 square foot medical facility.   In addition to patient care, the institute hopes to begin clinical trials of new therapies within the first year of its opening. "We are delighted that Chase will make a contribution to these worthy causes," said Kimberly Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  "We continue to be inspired by the number of outstanding charities that choose to participate in the Chase program and the millions of fans who visit the Facebook page and vote for them."   Beginning Thursday, May 19, the public can log on to Chase Community Giving on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving or visit the following link, http://bit.ly/lgSzGG, to cast their vote.

For more information on WPI, please visit wpinstitute.org. 

WPI is currently sponsoring neuro-immune disease awareness month in order to bring knowledge to these seriously debilitating diseases. In honor of awareness month, WPI will host a "Walk N Roll" on Saturday, May 28, starting at the Whittemore Peterson Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Proceeds from the half to one mile walk will support continued research and medical support for individuals affected by neuro-immune disease.

 The cost is $20 per person and children under the age of 12 are free. People interested in participating can visit anida.co.   About Whittemore Peterson InstituteWhittemore Peterson Institute is the nation's first comprehensive translational medical research facility dedicated to neuro-immune disease research, treatment, education and outreach.    ### 

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