Buck Institute Introduces a New Membership Program

Benefits Include Exclusive Online Access to Scientific Advances

NOVATO, California – (September 24, 2012) – The Buck Institute for Research on Aging has launched an exciting new membership program for donors enabling them to have both onsite and online access to presentations, expanded learning opportunities, and other exclusive features wherever they live.

This new program builds on the legacy of the Institute’s popular 500-member Acorn Society, formed in 2004. Current Acorn Society members will automatically become Members of the Buck. In the past, those involved with the Buck came mostly from the local community. Today there is growing interest in the Institute outside of California, from across the U.S. and in other countries.

“We want to build on the pride local residents have in the valuable research being conducted at the Buck Institute and increase international awareness, while making it easy for anyone to become involved in our efforts to impact global health,” said James Edgar, Chairman of the Buck Institute Board of Trustees.

Donors contributing gifts of $250 or more annually become Members of the Buck and are invited to special luncheon presentations to learn about scientific advances before public announcements are made. They also receive preferred seating at community seminars and other Institute events.

With the new membership program, those unable to come to these events will be able to “virtually attend” by accessing these presentations online using a special password through a secure and private portal on the Buck website. They will also receive flash emails highlighting research breakthroughs and important Institute announcements. Members will be prominently acknowledged in the Institute’s annual report and receive a unique membership lapel pin as a visible token of appreciation.

The personal touch is the hallmark of a successful membership program. “Our goal is to keep our supporters connected, informed and empowered, while enabling them to keep abreast of all Buck activities and ways they can enhance healthy aging,” said Masha Shifs, Director of Regional Development at the Buck Institute. “We also want to enlist their support in helping to fund our ongoing research programs, educational activities, and expansion projects.”

A donor wall will be placed in the Institute’s lobby to honor Members of the Buck making contributions of $500 or more. For more information about becoming a Member of the Buck or how to make a contribution, contact Masha Shifs, the Director of Regional Development, at mshifs@buckinstitute.org or visit the Buck website www.thebuck.org.

About the Buck Institute for Research on Aging
The Buck Institute is the first and foremost independent research organization in the U.S. devoted to Geroscience – a discipline focused on the connection between normal aging and chronic disease. Based in Novato, CA., The Buck is dedicated to extending ”Healthspan,” the healthy years of human life.  It does so by utilizing a unique interdisciplinary approach involving laboratory scientists studying the mechanisms of aging. Buck scientists strive to discover new ways of detecting, preventing and treating age-related diseases, such as: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and stroke. In their collaborative research, Buck scientists are supported by the most recent developments in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. 

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