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Please enjoy this recorded video of the Spirit of Helen Keller Virtual Gala, which streamed live on Monday May 11, 2020 for our generous family of supporters.

Inspired by Helen Keller’s remarkable legacy, this virtual experience is a wonderful example of the power of community to make a positive difference for those in need. We hope you will appreciate learning more about our efforts to protect families who are most vulnerable to blindness, malnutrition and disease — especially during the global coronavirus outbreak.

Evening Presenters

Kathy Spahn

Kathy Spahn joined Helen Keller International as President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2005, after leadership tenures at Orbis International and God’s Love We Deliver. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF), InterAction, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). She is a founding board member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA) and also serves on the Leadership Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Compact2025 initiative and recently became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Carla Hall

Carla Hall is best known as a former co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series, “The Chew.” She currently appears on ABC’s “Strahan and Sara.” She won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and shared her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others. 

Carla Hall’s Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Philomena Orji

Philomena is the Country Director for Helen Keller Intl in Nigeria. In this role, she manages a diverse portfolio of nutrition and Neglected Tropical Disease programs. Over the course of her career, she has worked across a variety of programs including HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, supply chain management, maternal and child health, nutrition, etc. Philomena is passionate about continuing Helen Keller’s legacy of improving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  

Spirit of Helen Keller Humanitarian Award

José Andrés

Chef José Andrés was twice named to Times magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list and awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal by President Obama. He is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit which provides smart solutions to end hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

Helen Keller Intl gratefully acknowledges:
Our Sponsors, as of May 10, 2020

Henry C. Barkhorn
D. Brooks Betts
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Sue and PJ Downes
Anthony Dorment
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Flying Monkeys Media
Jim Gaffey
David M. Glassman
Robert and Linda Glassman
Daniel L. Gray
Mike Griffin and Molly Hart
Carla Hall
Genevieve Jorissen
Wendy D. Lee
John Linville
Mark J. Menting
Modern Optical International
Peirce Moser & Mitch Eitel
Beverly Miller Orthwein
Bradford Perkins
Bruce E. Spivey
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The Thompson Family Foundation
James M.Tielsch
William J. and Debra Toppeta
Trebek Family Foundation

Daniel L. Gray
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Henry C. Barkhorn
D. Brooks Betts
Jennifer A. Buda
Desmond G. FitzGerald
Jim and Nydia Gaffey
David M. Glassman
Gretchen Grant
Carla Hall
Genevieve Jorissen
Jim and Taryn McGrann
William J. Toppeta