NEW YORK — The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's sold-out Magical Evening Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Monday drew many celebrity supporters, including Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and magician David Blaine. For years, the Reeves raised awareness about spinal cord injuries after the Superman actor was paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian accident. After years of living with paralysis, he died of heart failure at 52 in 2004; she died of lung cancer at 44 in 2006.
Alexandra Reeve, 23, Christopher's daughter with actress Gae Exton, said Meryl Streep was a natural choice for the foundation's Dana Reeve Hope Award. "We started the award in honor of Dana to show a level of care and commitment of people to this cause, and Meryl's been there for us from the beginning from when Dad was first injured."
"I'm very honored to be here and a little humbled," Streep said, adding, "I feel like I'm standing in light that they (the Reeves) cast. They were so charismatic in their advocacy."
As for the theme of the evening, if she had a magical power, Streep said she would "double the size of the event and charge twice as much for the tables."
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