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Colin Farrell to Be Honored with Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award

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Colin Farrell to Be Honored with Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award

Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family, announced today the honorees and host for The Moving Families Forward Gala which will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at 301 Park Avenue on Monday, October 21st in New York City.

This year's Ackerman Award Honorees, all of whom will be attending the gala, are:

Colin Farrell, Actor & Family Advocate:

· Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award

Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, Ackerman Board Member:

· Ackerman Distinguished Service Award

Christopher J. Spano, President, CJS Builders:

· Ackerman Corporate Partner Award

Natalie Morales, News Anchor of NBC News' TODAY & Co-Host of the third hour, will host the evening, for the third consecutive year, to benefit the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

"I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues," says Natalie Morales. "Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today's families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly."

"We are excited to have Natalie Morales once again emcee our biggest fundraiser of the year: the Ackerman Institute's Moving Families Forward gala," says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. "By giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success, she is speaking volumes about the importance of family in our society and in our lives. I am grateful to Natalie for lending her support and celebrity in this way."

Colin Farrell, Actor & Family Advocate will be honored at the Gala with the Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award.

"It is my deep privilege to be honored by the Ackerman Institute for the Family," says Colin Farrell. "Throughout the years, Ackerman has provided a platform of shared knowledge and experience that is essential for the sense of community that all parents long for, for themselves and their children. For parents who have been blessed with a child with Special Needs, this sense of community and togetherness takes on an even more immediate importance. The involvement and support offered throughout Ackermans various programs have made a great difference in so many lives and so I am truly humbled to accept this award. As a proud father of a child with Special Needs, I accept it in honor of all parents everywhere, who work tirelessly to ensure that their children get all the care and support that they both need and so richly deserve."

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