EcoHealth Alliance Selects Colgate-Palmolive to Honor at Annual Benefit

NEW YORK – March 23, 2016 – EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced today that it will honor Colgate-Palmolive Company at the organization’s upcoming annual benefit – “Beyond the Horizon, an Evening to Benefit EcoHealth Alliance” – on April 14, 2016. EcoHealth Alliance commends the leadership Colgate-Palmolive has shown in addressing sustainability and environmental issues.

The annual fundraising event will be held at Guastavino’s, located at 409 East 59th Street in New York City. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by an award ceremony, seated dinner, and live auction. Proceeds from the benefit will support EcoHealth Alliance’s global public health and local conservation programs around the world.

"We are thrilled to honor our first Fortune 500 Company that aligns with EcoHealth Alliance’s innovative programs aimed at improving the health of people, animals and ecosystems. Colgate-Palmolive’s sustainability practices are forward-thinking, and socially responsible. We are excited to honor that good work," said Dr. Peter Daszak, president at EcoHealth Alliance.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves people in over 200 countries and territories with well-known brands that make their lives healthier and more enjoyable. Since 1806, Colgate has been Giving the World Reasons to Smile – with products consumers trust, contributions to the communities where they operate and innovations that reduce their environmental footprint. With a long-term strategy focused around people, performance and planet, the company’s ongoing dedication to sustainability is helping to drive strong performance and preserve vital resources for generations to come.

This year, EcoHealth Alliance’s Annual Benefit theme will reflect its current work in South Africa. EcoHealth Alliance scientists and partners are currently monitoring a newly emerging disease called Rift Valley fever (RVF). Transmitted by mosquitos, Rift Valley fever can have devastating effects on livestock, very often in parts of the world that depend predominantly on animal husbandry and subsistence farming for survival. Originally limited to Sub-Saharan Africa, the disease has spread to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The nature of RVF requires a holistic, multi-layered approach—evaluating links between weather, climate, soil, mosquito and susceptible host characteristics, and human behavior in at-risk populations. “Our organization’s work would be impossible without the generous contributions and support of individual donors, government agencies, and companies like Colgate-Palmolive,” said Dr. Daszak.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 45 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife, environmental, and public health from the emergence of disease. Approximately 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS, MERS, and West Nile virus have all originated in animals before spilling over to human populations. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions to determine where research and field work are needed to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach working in nearly 30 countries worldwide. EcoHealth Alliance's strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, capacity building, and policy initiatives.
Press contact: Anthony Ramos, (212) 380-4469 or ramos@ecohealthalliance.org

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