It’s called A Magical Evening and indeed it shapes up as exactly that. On one of our evenings in New York last week, Ihad dinner at Elio’s with Francine LeFrak and husband Rick Friedberg, founding supporters of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and among co-chairs of this year’s event. Meryl Streep is the recipient of the Dana Reeve HOPE Award. Anne Hathaway will present the award to Streep.
Bob and Lee Woodruff receive the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. DIane Sawyer presents to the Woodruffs. Henry G. Stifel is the recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award. The Magical Evening is Nov.12 at the Marriott Marquis. The cast of “Grease” as well as The John Pizzarelli Trio will perform and Chef David Burke of davidburke & donatella has designed a special menu.
We recall with pain Christopher’s valiant effort to recover from his accident in 1995 and his wife Dana’s non-stop vigil at his side only to be stricken herself by cancer. The Reeves remain a standard to fight for medical research and cures. I, for one, will always remember speaking with them — side-by-side — as they urged support for the Foundation and expressing the never-ending optimism that stem cell research will one day find cures.