Gala Benefit for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation,NYC
Affair: Gala Benefit for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation "A Magical Evening"

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 6:30PM

Hot Spot: Cipriani Wall Street, NYC

Deets: "On Thursday, November 19, 2015 the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will host the 25th annual A Magical Evening benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year, we are thrilled to present the Dana Reeve HOPE Award to Judy A. Smith, founder and President, Smith & Co., and Co-Executive Producer of the hit television show Scandal. Judy is an expert in the field of crisis management as well as being a leader in strategic communications with clients like high profile celebrities, politicians and many Fortune 500 companies. 

Over the past two years, Judy has been working with a young woman named Kate who sustained a spinal cord injury after a bicycling accident and has since battled a number of health complications. Judy reached out to the Reeve Foundation for support and received a wealth of information, services, and a renewed sense of hope for Kate and her family. As a result of her relationship with Kate and the Reeve Foundation, Judy has become a true advocate for all those living with paralysis. We are equally as thrilled to present the Arnold H. Snider Visionary Leadership Award to Shawn Friedkin, Founder and President of Stand Among Friends (SAF). One-minute Shawn was a zealous bike rider and avid tennis player. An instant later, a car accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Shawn has been a tireless advocate and leader for all individuals living with disabilities to achieve the highest standards of quality of life. Shawn founded SAF in 1997 to serve individuals with disabilities throughout Florida. 

SAF is a nonprofit organization housed at Florida Atlantic University that provides vocational, evaluative, educational and technology-based services to individuals with all types of disabilities statewide. A Magical Evening is a celebration of family, of accomplishment, of possibility. As the Foundation’s most significant fundraiser – this annual gala raises critically needed funds for the most groundbreaking spinal cord injury research in the world, as well as pioneering Quality of Life programs across the country. Proceeds from the gala will help the Reeve Foundation continue to provide the critically needed programs and services to the 1 in 50 Americans living with paralysis."

Who You May Spot: President George H.W. Bush, Judy A. Smith, Shawn Friedkin, Meredith Vieira

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available for purchase.

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