Press Release


Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today announced that Sue Naegle and Dana Gould will be the honorees at its annual “Celebrating … Our Families, Our Children” event in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. The couple was chosen for their championship of adoptive families, their commitment to improving children’s lives, and their longtime support of the Institute’s work.

“A lot of people say they want to make the world better for their kids, but Sue and Dana earned this honor by showing that actions really do speak louder than words,” said Adam Pertman, the Adoption Institute’s Executive Director. Naegle is the President of HBO Entertainment and Gould is a comedian and writer; they are the parents of three children through adoption.

Also at the event, the Adoption Institute will present its first Spotlight Award to an organization that exemplifies the Institute’s goals and values. The initial recipient will be the Kinship Center, a California-based nonprofit agency that provides a range of innovative services for children and families relating to adoption, foster care and relative care.

Past honorees at the Institute’s benefits – which take place each May in New York and each October in Los Angeles – include Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth; CAA agent Peter Levine; the David Bohnett Foundation; LifeCare and its founder, Peter Burki; the Prudential; Christine Ebersole and Bill Maloney; and the late Annette Baran.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. The Adoption Institute works every day to carry out its unique mission: to provide leadership that improves laws, policies, and practices – through research, education, and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. Among the many ways the Institute achieves its goals are by reducing barriers that impede the adoption of children who need permanent, loving families; providing the media with a trusted source of information; offering legislators and policy-makers reliable research and practical perspectives to improve laws, policies and practices; and educating and supporting adoptive families.

To learn more about the event, including details on tickets, sponsorships or tribute book ads, please contact Harvin Rogas at or (310) 559-9334. For information about the Adoption Institute, please see its award-winning website, or contact April Dinwoodie at