Spirit of Helen Keller Gala
Helen Keller International Raises More Than $1.1 Million To Prevent Blindness and Malnutrition Around the World
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Applauds HKI Impact at Gala Event
Helen Keller International presented 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.
Event 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."
Watch Secretary Clinton's speech below.
HKI President and CEO Kathy Spahn noted that “HKI has a very simple premise – to provide our fellow human beings with basic things that we often take for granted – our sight and our health, and our ability to get the care we need when these are threatened.” She also spoke of HKI’s vision “of a world in which no one is needlessly blind, and where no child gets cheated of his or her potential because he or she didn’t have the right foods to eat” and thanked the hundreds of supporters in the room for their generosity “which is truly transforming the lives of women, children and families around the world.”
Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy made a special trip from his London offices to present The Spirit of Helen Keller Award to longtime trustee and devoted HKI advocate Kate Ganz in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and support to HKI programs. Lions Clubs International First Vice President Barry Palmer flew in from Australia for to accept the Helen Keller Visionary Award on behalf of his organization for their generous support of HKI programs.
Christopher Burge, Honorary Chair of Christie’s, served as Gala Honorary Chair. HKI Trustee D. Brooks Betts and Karin & Henry Barkhorn, HKI Board Chair, served as Gala Co-Chairs.