Spirit of Helen Keller Gala
2014 Spirit of Helen Keller Gala Raises Approximately $1 Million To Prevent Blindness and Malnutrition Around the World!
On May 20, 2014, more than 300 Helen Keller International supporters and trustees gathered at 583 Park Avenue in New York City to honor those who have joined with Helen Keller International in furthering its vital mission and work in reducing hunger and preventable blindness in some of the world’s poorest places. The event raised approximately $1 million in support of its sight and lifesaving efforts in Africa, Asia and the United States.
Event highlights included renowned economist, humanitarian and former CEO of Concern Worldwide Tom Arnold accepting the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to ending child hunger and improving maternal health in the developing world. The award was presented by Ambassador David Donoghue, Ireland’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
"To be connected with an award named for Helen Keller, whose life was about unleashing human potential, is both an honor and a humbling experience," Mr. Arnold said in his acceptance of the award.
This year’s gala also featured Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin, who served as Honorary Junior Chair. “I am not only here because one of my heroes founded the organization, but also because I am incredibly impressed and inspired by the work of Helen Keller International in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition around the world,” she shared with supporters. “In 2010, I was given the opportunity to portray this extraordinary young woman on Broadway. Through that experience, I gained some important insights into the incredible obstacles Helen overcame to become a leading humanitarian and inspiration for generations to come.”
Jennifer A. Buda, Beverly Miller Orthwein, and Desmond G. FitzGerald served as Gala Co-Chairs.