Spirit of Helen Keller Gala
HKI hosted its seventh annual Spirit of Helen Keller Gala on May 21, 2012 at The Pierre Hotel in New York. The event raised over $1,000,000 to benefit HKI's sight- and life-saving programs in 22 countries around the world - our most successful Gala yet!
Spirit of Helen Keller Award
William Foege, M.D., M.P.H.
Anchor, NBC Nightly News
- Gala Co-Chairs (L) D. Brooks Betts and (R) Desmond G. FitzGerald with CEO Kathy Spahn
- Special Guest Brian Williams, CEO Kathy Spahn, and Spirit of Helen Keller Award Recipient, Dr. William Foege
- HKI Trustee Wendy Lee, Eileen Simmons, Easton Ragsdale, Mary Libby, George McNeely
- Ben Amy, Morgan Grandi, Kat McElroy, Luigi Bonaventura
- HKI Trustee Bradford Perkins and Benefit Committee member Beverly Orthwein
- Junior Committee members with guests
- HKI Trustee Gregory Feller with his wife Dana
- HKI Trustee Henry Barkhorn and Janice Oresman
- Julie Casella-Esposita, Benefit Committee member Gretchen Grant, and HKI Trustee Jennifer Buda
- Junior Committee co-chair Sarah Mason with Benefit Committee member Sheila Lennon
- Becky Thomas, Benefit Committee member Beverly Orthwein, HKI Trustee Robert Thomas, CEO Kathy Spahn
- Junior Committee members Sam Barclay and Hilary Aylesworth with Pau Sabria
- ChildSight® staff explain our vision screening program to guests
- Homestead Food Production display
- Gala co-chair D. Brooks Betts with HKI Trustee Leslie Dukker Doty
- HKI Trustee Mark Menting with Calvin Mew
- Gala co-chairs D. Brooks Betts and Desmond G. FitzGerald welcome guests to the dinner
- Brian Williams tells the crowd the story of how his father, Gordon Williams, met Helen Keller.
- Geralyn Ritter, President of the Merck Company Foundation presents Dr. William Foege with the Spirit of Helen Keller Award
- William Foege, Kathy Spahn and Brian Williams talk during dinner
- Guests Jeanne Gallardo, Meenu Mahajan, Vikas Mahajan
- Auctioneer George McNeely starts the bidding during the live auction
- Jazz singer Tony DeSare ends the evening with a musical performance.