Helen Keller International, a leading global nonprofit dedicated to fighting the causes and consequences of preventable blindness and malnutrition, will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary with the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller Gala.

This special evening will honor Bill and Melinda Gates with the 2015 Spirit of Helen Keller Award for their transformational leadership, efforts in reducing hunger, and focus on empowering women. Dr. David Nabarro will be honored with the 2015 Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to position malnutrition as a central issue within the development dialogue, and to ensure an effective response to the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Expected to attend are Honoree Melinda Gates along with Centennial Challenge Chair, Kate Ganz, Gala Co-Chairs, Karin & Henry Barkhorn, Brooks Betts and Desmond G. FitzGerald, Gala Steering Committee, Jennifer A. Buda, Mary Lindley Burton, Mary F. Crawford Dana & Greg Feller, Beverly Orthwein, Bradford Perkins, Bernirene Ramos & James H. Simmons III, Daniel, Carol Sisler, H. Mitchell Watson, Jr. and more…

Helen Keller International was founded in November 1915 by a then 35 year old Helen Keller, already a renowned advocate for the disabled, and George Kessler, a wealthy New York City wine merchant who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, to help soldiers blinded during World War I. Today, nearly 300 million people benefit from Helen Keller International’s 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States.

Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Visit www.hki.org for more information.

WHEN: Monday, May 18, 2015

WHERE: The New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

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