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Centennial Gala & Campaign Launch

October 24, 2013

In the celebration of the century, more than 300 guests gathered at Boston’s Revere Hotel to toast Harvard School of Public Health’s 100th birthday. The Campaign for HSPH was launched as the sellout crowd was treated to video, visuals, and notable speakers outlining the four urgent global health threats that the Campaign will tackle: old and new pandemics, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health systems.

After greeting from Harvard president Drew Faust, renowned public health advocates introduced the Campaign themes. Among the speakers were World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91, PhD ’93; Gates Foundation co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates (on video); maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns; ABC News medical editor Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76; and HSPH doctoral student Shaniece Criss, SD ’15. Dean Frenk introduced Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92, who made an impassioned case for public health and who co-chairs the Campaign with his wife Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92. Lavine also announced the Campaign goal of $450 million, of which $167 million has already been raised.

Guests also celebrated a century of past accomplishments and enjoyed video birthday greetings for the School from Elton John, chef Jamie Oliver, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and U2’s Bono–who, with guitarist The Edge, sang a birthday song specially penned for the occasion. Capping the night’s festivities was a shower of confetti.

Watch a highlight video of the celebration

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