The annual Helen Hayes Hospital Gala, a benefit for the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York. Sponsored by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, this year’s event will honor three individuals who help others live their life to the fullest potential. The Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.
The Gala is held annually to honor the achievements of individuals who help and inspire other people to live their lives to their fullest potential. This commitment is shared by the staff of Helen Hayes Hospital, who work each day toward the singular goal of helping patients achieve maximum independence. The presentation of the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award is a highlight of the Gala evening. The Award was established by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation to honor the hospital’s namesake, First Lady of the American Theater Helen Hayes MacArthur.
Receiving the 2005 Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at this year’s Gala will be Montel Williams, John T. Pellicone, M.D. and John R. Reynolds. Past recipients include Governor George Pataki, Christopher Reeve, Rosie O’Donnell, Dikembe Mutombo, Lily Tomlin, Arthur Ashe, John Hockenberry, and Edward James Olmos.
Emmy Award winning television host, producer, author and philanthropist Montel Williams is being honored for his commitment to helping individuals cope with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as his support of research into a cure and his advocacy and educational efforts. Much of this work is accomplished through his Montel Williams MS Foundation.
As a board certified pulmonologist, Dr. John Pellicone provides exemplary patient care. As the Medical Director at both Helen Hayes Hospital and Nyack Hospital, he also provides the extraordinary leadership that enables both institutions to offer outstanding programs and services to the community. Dr. Pellicone is a resident of New City, NY.
John Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital for Special Surgery, is being recognized for his leadership of this world-renowned specialty orthopedic hospital, where he oversees all clinical, academic, research, administrative and operational activities. He is a resident of New City, NY.
Along with benefiting the hospital, this evening’s Gala will also raise funds for those in need in the devastated region of the Gulf coast. When planning for this event commenced many months ago, the committee selected the theme “New Orleans Style” intending to celebrate the spirit and beauty of one of our nation’s most unique cities. In light of Hurricane Katrina’s massive and overwhelming destruction in New Orleans, this event has now taken on significance beyond the Foundation’s original mission. Proceeds from several silent auction items will directly benefit the Department of Physical Therapy of the Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions. Many of the school’s faculty and students have lost everything.
The Gala is the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s major fund-raising event. Tickets are $275 and opportunities for sponsorships and advertising space in the Journal are still available. In addition, donations are being accepted for silent auction prizes. For additional information about the Gala, contact the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Office at 845-786-4365.