Spirit of Helen Keller Gala

HKI hosted its sixth annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on May 24, 2011 at The Pierre Hotel in New York. The event raised over $840,000 to benefit HKI's sight- and life-saving programs in 22 countries around the world.

2011 Honorees:
Helen Keller Legacy Award
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation

Helen Keller Visionary Award
Reinold Geiger
, Chairman, L’OCCITANE

  • Katht & DesmondHKI President & CEO Kathy Spahn with Board Member and Gala Co-chair Desmond FitzGerald
  • Master of Ceremonies Meryl Streep and David Stileman of Standard Chartered Bank
  • Wendy, Easton, Victoria(L to R) Wendy Lee, Easton Ragsdale, Guest, Victoria Quinn
  • Bartay, Jennifer, Leslie(L to R) Bartay, Jennifer Buda, Leslie Dukker Doty, Roger Doty and guest
  • Mary, DavidBoard Members Mary Burton and David Glassman
  • Nancy, BradBoard Vice Chair Nancy Smith Lione and Board Chair Bradford Perkins
  • Lily, KateJunior Committee Co-Chair Lily Dorment with her mother and Gala Co-chair Kate Ganz
  • JoannaJunior Committee Co-Chair Joanna Merrill (R) with guest
  • Sheila, MavisBenefit Committee members Sheila Lennon and Mavis Vann
  • CS TableSusan Danehower talks with ChildSight® Director Nancy Prail during the cocktail hour
  • BallroomThe Grand Ballroom at The Pierre Hotel
  • MerylMeryl Streep begins the evening's program
  • KathyKathy Spahn speaks about HKI's work preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition
  • Kathy, Meryl, ReinoldHKI President & CEO Kathy Spahn, Meryl Streep, and Honoree Reinold Geiger, CEO of L'OCCITANE en Provence
  • Kathy, Meryl, SusanHKI President & CEO Kathy Spahn, Meryl Streep, and Honoree Susan Olivo, Executive Director of Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
  • L'Occitane tableL'OCCITANE's table
  • Kate TableGala Co-chair Kate Ganz's table
  • Reader's TableReader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation's table
  • Group TableStanding (L to R):Brooks Betts, Patti Heller, John Heller, Brandon Becker Seated (L to R): Nancy Buckman, Jim Buckman, Budd Betts, Donna Marshall
  • GeorgeGeorge McNeely from Christie's Auction House conducting the live auction
  • BidderAuction bidder George Guggelmann

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