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In New York, a celebration of heroes, heart and hope

6 Jun 2014 5:29 PM
In New York, a celebration of heroes, heart and hope

New York is a city built on resilient spirits - and sometimes, it's worthwhile to celebrate as much. That's what the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is aiming to do with their upcoming - and eighth annual - Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala. 

The event, which will take place on June 11 in the Waldorf-Astoria's Grand Ballroom, is sure to bring together some of New York's best and brightest - in a luxurious location, no less. To be hosted by the Today Show's Natalie Morales and Willie Geist, this year's gala will honor William A. Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management. Last year, the event raised more than $1.2 million for the Foundation, and this year, they'll be featuring four heroic people, all of whom have incredibly inspiring stories to tell.

  • Celeste Corcoran, who lost both of her legs in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, but continues to fight forward in recovery.
  • Alana Nichols, the first female Paralympian to win gold in both the Summer and Winter games.
  • Brad Snyder, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a Paralympic swimmer who won Olympic gold after losing his vision in military combat.
  • Braylon O'Neill, a 5-year-old amputee who "captured the hearts of millions" earlier this year after he was featured in Microsoft's Super Bowl commercial. 

"For more than 20 years, CAF has provided crucial support to help those with physical challenges, so they can get active and involved in sports," said Scott Stackman, founder and committee chairman at the CAF. "From a warrior returning home after being injured on the battlefield to a child born different – no one should be denied the healing power of sports. It therefore gives me great honor that for the past eight years, our New York community has come together for the Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala to raise important funds for this valuable cause. We look forward to this year's event providing record support."

Those residing in real estate in Manhattan would likely struggle to find an event more important to their treasured city in the near future than the Celebration of Heroes, Heart, and Hope. There will be cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and even a live auction for a much-coveted entry into the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii! But we all know what's most important about this event already: it offers residents a chance to celebrate and support their favorite city, and all the heroes that it houses.