World Sight Day Luncheon

Helen Keller International held our inaugural World Sight Day Luncheon on October 10th, 2013.  The event raised nearly $75,000 in support of our eye health and nutrition programs in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

More than 150 supporters and trustees gathered together at The Harvard Club of New York City in the presence of an inspiring portrait of our founder, Helen Keller, a graduate of Radcliffe College.  Guests heard from Dr. R.V. Paul Chan, the St. Giles Associate Professor of Pediatric Retina and Director of the Retina Service at Weill Cornell Medical College.  He spoke of the challenges facing the global eye health community, and of the critical need for programs like HKI’s. 

Longtime HKI trustee and advocate, Mary Lindley Burton, received the first-ever Helen Keller Service Award for her dedication to sharing HKI’s work with others and for her many years of distinguished service on our Board of Trustees.  

Photo: ©HKI/Julie Skarrat

Spirit of Helen Keller Gala

HKI held its eighth annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on May 22, 2013. The event raised more than $1.1 million in support of its sight and lifesaving efforts in some of the world’s poorest countries.

More than 330 supporters and trustees gathered at Christie’s Auction House in New York to celebrate this year’s theme “The Spirit of a Woman,” and recognize the need to empower and support women as mothers, breadwinners and community leaders, with a powerful role to play in alleviating poverty.

Highlights included The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton accepting the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of her tireless dedication to the global fight against undernutrition and improving food and nutrition security around the world.

“The leadership from this organization, rooted in such a remarkable woman, has changed so many lives and so many minds over the last century," said Secretary Clinton. "I'm proud of the work we've done together."

Photo: ©HKI/Clint Spaulding/


Junior Happy Hour 2013

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, over 35 Juniors attended the Junior Happy Hour at The Caulfield.  Junior Committee member, Sarika Kumar gave a brief overview of her work with HKI in Cambodia.  She conducted a qualitative market research study to create educational materials for mothers and training material for health staff.  They were promoting the use of micronutrient powders for mothers with their 6 month to 2 year old children to reduce anemia.  

World Sight Day Celebration

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, over 100 guests enjoyed an intimate evening of music and inspiration at the new club 54 Below, which is located beneath the legendary Studio 54.  Tony DeSare’s entertaining and charismatic performance captivated the audience, with the event raising nearly $20,000 to benefit HKI’s mission to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  Stay tuned for news about our 2013 World Sight Day Celebration!