The annual Helen Hayes Hospital Gala Banquet, a benefit for the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York. Sponsored by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, the theme of this year’s Gala is, “Under the Sea.” The event 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. Past recipients include Governor George Pataki, Christopher Reeve, Rosie O’Donnell, Dikembe Mutombo, Aidan Quinn, Lily Tomlin, Arthur Ashe, John Hockenberry, and Edward James Olmos.
The Gala is the Foundation’s major fund-raising event. Tickets are $275 and opportunities for sponsorships and advertising space in the Journal are 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.