The Christopher Reeve Foundation Hosts 'A Magical Evening' to Honor the Strength and Courage of Christopher and Dana Reeve
Monday November 6, 1:28 pm ET
NOVEMBER 6, 2006 IN NEW YORK CITY
NEW YORK, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- This evening, the Christopher Reeve Foundation will honor the lives and strength of Christopher and Dana Reeve at their annual "A Magical Evening" Gala. The event, co-hosted by Harvey Fierstein & Bebe Neuwirth, will feature a tribute to the legendary couple by some of today's brightest Broadway stars including Donny Osmond; Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichert, Michael Longoria and Steve Gouveia from The Jersey Boys; The Times They Are A-Changin's Lisa Brescia and Josh Strickland and Jenn Gambatese from Tarzan. Additional special guests and supporters of the Christopher Reeve Foundation attending the event at New York's Marriott Marquis, will include: Joan Collins, Nathan Lane, Meryl Streep, Barbara Walters, Callie Thorne, Olivia Wilde, and Miss USA Tara Connor.
This year, the Christopher Reeve Foundation will present the first-ever Dana Reeve HOPE Award to a person who has shown amazing grace, strength and fortitude and who has been a source of support and guidance to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Tonight, Will, Alexandra and Matthew Reeve will present the Dana Reeve HOPE Award to Cristina Carlino, the Founder and CEO of philosophy, inc. Ms. Carlino will also unveil the latest product in the philosophy line, inner grace, a perfumed shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath that she developed in honor of her good friend Dana Reeve. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the inner grace product will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Each year, the Christopher Reeve Foundation presents The Visionary Leadership Award to individuals for their outstanding professional and philanthropic leadership. This year's Award will be presented to Bruce C. Ratner, President & CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies, and to The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their extraordinary generosity of time, talent and resources.
"The last few years have been incredibly difficult for the Reeve and Morosini families and the Christopher Reeve Foundation. This year's annual Gala is truly a tribute to the legacies of Christopher and Dana and we our committed to keeping their dreams alive. There is nothing that would honor their courage and spirit more than to find a cure for paralysis. The torch that Chris and Dana carried has been taken up, not by one, but by thousands -- we are empowered to Go Forward until that triumphant moment in time when paralysis is cured." said the Foundation's Chairman Peter Kiernan.
The Christopher Reeve Foundation is committed to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders, and improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities.
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