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October 27, 2003
For immediate release

Linda Michaels Gruber
Executive Director



SOUTHGATE, Michigan – October 27, 2003 – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is presenting the Heinz C. Prechter Fund for Manic Depression the Outstanding Foundation Award at a National Philanthropy Day Thursday, November 13, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation.

Nomination forms were sent to 300 AFP members and then reviewed by the award committee. To qualify, foundations must demonstrate outstanding commitment through financial support and by encouraging others to assume leadership roles in philanthropy on international, national and local levels.

“Our organization is tremendously honored to receive this award,” said Waltraud “Wally” Prechter, president and founder of the Prechter Fund. “ There is a real and pressing need for the public to understand, support and de-stigmatize mental illness, especially bipolar disorder. Each dollar we raise brings us closer to finding cures to stop the pain and suffering and give healthy lives back to children and adults afflicted with this illness.”

Past honorees of the award include The Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the McGregor Foundation.

“With over 500 attendees, this is an outstanding event, and we are privileged to be recognizing the Heinz C. Prechter Fund for Manic Depression with such a prestigious award,” said Joe Rizza, chairman of the awards committee.

Founded in 1960, the AFP is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit charitable organizations. It advances philanthropy through more than 26,000 members in 171 chapters throughout the world.

The Heinz C. Prechter Fund for Manic Depression is dedicated to supporting breakthrough medical research – specifically in the areas of psychiatric genetics, pediatric bipolar disorder, neuroimaging and neuroscience – to find a cure for bipolar disorder. The president and founder of the Fund is Waltraud “Wally” Prechter, whose husband, Heinz, was afflicted with the disease and died by suicide July 6, 2001. For further information, please see