Michael Graves to be Honored by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation At 13th Annual 'A Magical Evening' Gala
Monday October 20, 2:00 pm ET

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) will honor acclaimed architect Michael Graves with its Visionary Leadership Award in recognition of Graves' personal courage and new partnership with the Foundation. The award will be presented at CRPF's 13th annual "A Magical Evening," a black-tie gala held on Monday, November 24, 2003 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Graves joined CRPF's search for a cure after he was left paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord infection earlier this year.

"Michael's determination and strength embody our motto, 'We must. We can. We will.' and we welcome this opportunity to recognize him," said Christopher Reeve, Chairman of CRPF. "His partnership with CRPF will help build a better tomorrow for those living with paralysis."

Graves, a native of Indianapolis, received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied for two years at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a trustee. In 1964, Graves founded his architectural practice in Princeton, which has served as the basis for a career that has been at the forefront of architecture and design. Over the course of his career, he has received several of the most prestigious awards conferred upon architects and designers, including the 2001 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the 1999 National Medal of Arts, and the Frank Annunzio Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in 2001. Graves is also professor emeritus of architecture at Princeton University, where he taught from 1962 to 2001. For his promotion and advocacy of the arts, he has received, among other awards, the New Jersey Governor's Walt Whitman Award for Creative Achievement and the Arts Person of the Year Award from the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.

In addition to his architecture and interior design practice, Michael Graves has a very active product design division, Michael Graves Design Group, which has designed lighting, hardware, bathroom fixtures, desktop accessories, leather goods, kitchenware, tabletop items, decorative objects, radios and telephones, among other products, for manufacturers such as Alessi, Baldinger, Duravit, Glen Eden, and Steuben. The 1985 Alessi stainless steel teakettle with its whistling bird spout is one of his most recognized designs. Graves has partnered with Target Stores to produce affordable design-oriented products for the home, which have won several awards.

"I am truly impressed with the energy and intelligence which CRPF devotes to its field," said Graves. I am honored to be affiliated with such a distinguished organization."

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, Paralysis Resource Center and advocacy efforts. Proceeds from "A Magical Evening" will assist CRPF in fulfilling its goals.

For ticket information please call the Benefit Office at (212) 627-1000. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org or call (800) 225-0292.

Source: The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

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