2010-04-20 03:06:23 UTC

AGA Legacy Society Reaches Goal with 20 New Members

Research Funding Increased through Generous Donors


Chicago, IL (May 29, 2009) – The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Foundation today announced that it reached its goal of adding 20 new Legacy Society members between the first of the year and the beginning of Digestive Disease Week® (DDW®). Gifts and pledges from the new members have a face value in excess of $1 million.

“We are absolutely delighted and very grateful to these generous donors for their support,” said Sidney Cohen, MD, AGAF, chair, the AGA Foundation. “Especially in these tough economic times, for individuals to make gifts at this level sends a very strong message about the premium they place on research in gastroenterology and hepatology.”

The membership drive was chaired by Emmet B. Keeffe, MD, AGAF, vice chair for physician and individual giving for the AGA Foundation. “I want to thank each our new Legacy Society members for their generosity,” Dr. Keeffe said. “I also want to recognize the brave physician-volunteers who made the phone calls and knocked on the doors that yielded our new members. It is not easy to phone your peers and ask for a favor, but each of our volunteers made these contacts and also contributed a Legacy Society gift of their own. We are most grateful to them all.”

The AGA Legacy Society honors individuals who have chosen to support the mission of the AGA Foundation through significant charitable gifts. Donors are invited to membership in the society in recognition of current gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more and for planned gifts of $50,000 or more. Total membership in the Legacy Society now numbers 64 individual and couples.

The AGA Foundation has funded more than 550 research grants totaling more than $33 million in the past 15 years.

About the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition

The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition (FDHN) is the foundation of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). The Foundation’s ultimate mission mirrors that of the AGA: to improve the human condition through understanding, preventing, diagnosing and curing digestive diseases. The Foundation raises funds for research and public education. Donors to the Foundation include AGA physicians, patients and family members of those who suffer from digestive diseases, national foundations and the pharmaceutical industry. For more information, visit www.fdhn.org.

About the American Gastroenterological Association

The AGA is dedicated to the mission of advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology. Founded in 1897, the AGA is one of the oldest medical-specialty societies in the U.S. The AGA’s more than 16,000 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. For more information, visit www.gastro.org.

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