Spirit of Helen Keller Gala

HKI hosted its fourth annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on May 28, 2009 in New York. The event helped raise over $700,000 to benefit HKI's sight and life saving programs in 22 countries around the world.

2009 Honorees:

Spirit of Helen Keller Award
David Green, Social Entrepreneur, MacArthur Fellow and Ashoka Fellow

The Helen Keller Humanitarian Award
Brian D. Perkins, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs
On behalf of Johnson & Johnson

The Helen Keller Legacy Award
Christopher Burge, Honorary Chairman, Christie's America
On behalf of Christie's Inc.

  • Ballroom at 583 Park AvenueThe ballroom at 583 Park Avenue filled with nearly 300 guests gathered to celebrate the critical work HKI does each year.
  • HFP displayA display showcasing our Homestead Food Production program during the cocktail reception.
  • David GreenHKI President & CEO Kathy Spahn presents David Green the 2009 Spirit of Helen Keller Award. Mr. Green is a MacArthur Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and a leading social entrepreneur who has worked to create affordable, sustainable and equitable eye care in developing countries.
  • Brian Perkins Brian D. Perkins, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, accepts The Helen Keller Humanitarian Award on behalf of Johnson & Johnson from Mitchell Watson.  J&J was presented this honor in recognition of their sustained humanitarian efforts around the world and their outstanding leadership in improving global health, notably through their Children Without Worms initiative.
  • Guests 1(L to R) Guests Harry and Barbara Deverter, and Karen and Martin Froschle
  • Jennifer BudaHKI Trustee Jennifer Buda with guest Deborah Ludwig
  • JuniorsJunior Committee members (L to R) Marissa Alperin, Juanita Haron, Joanna Merrill, Daphne Butler
  • Kate Ganz(L to R) HKI Trustee Kate Ganz, Dan Belin, HKI Trustee Anne Coleman
  • Christopher BurgeChristopher Burge accepted The Helen Keller Legacy Award on behalf of Christie’s Inc. in recognition of the auction house's generosity and support of HKI for over a decade. Mr. Burge, Honorary Chairman of Christie’s Inc., and a former HKI board trustee, also conducted the live auction which raised an impressive $150,000 for HKI’s programs.
  • Wendy LeeHKI Trustee Wendy Lee bids on an auction item.