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Helen Keller Achievement Awards 2015

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You Are Cordially Invited to
AFB's 19th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving quality of life for people with vision loss.

2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award Honorees*:

  • Apple Inc.
  • Charlie Cox
    Actor, star of new Marvel's Daredevil series on Netflix
  • Ward Marston
    Musical artist & producer/recording engineer
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.


J.W. Marriott Essex House New York
160 Central Park South
New York City

Past awardees include leaders from business such as General Motors, McGraw Hill, and Time Warner as well as giants from the performing arts including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Patty Duke.

Proceeds from this stellar fundraising gala will enable us to continue to provide our vital programs and services that remove barriers, create opportunities, and expand possibilities for people with vision loss. Your generous support is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

There will be a reception, auction, and dinner with live music. For reservations or to place an acknowledgment in the dinner journal, contact Suzette Williams, e-mail: or call: (212) 502-7621. Online reservations and payments.

Honorary Chairs

J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Marriott International, Inc.

Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!

Dinner Chairs

Paolo Baroldi, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Lisa Jackson
Vice President, Environmental Initiatives
Apple Inc.

Meg LaVigne
President of Television
Litton Entertainment

Glen Weiss
Executive Vice President, Director of Leasing
Vornado Realty Trust

Dinner Committee

Lori B. Adair
Account Executive
Marriott International, Inc.

Dina M. Grilo
Program Manager, Office of Nonprofit Engagement
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sarah Herrlinger
Senior Product Management, Accessibility
Apple Inc.

Kate Holland
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Matthew Kaplowitz
President and Chief Creative Officer
Bridge Multimedia

Rachael Szporn
Director of PR & Events


BENEFACTOR | $50,000
Includes two premier tables, cocktails and dinner for twenty guests, Gold Sponsor page in the Dinner Journal, event signage with logo, acknowledgment in all event materials including press release, e-newsletters, logo on AFB’s website plus twenty VIP gift bags.

Includes one premier table, cocktails and dinner for ten guests, Silver Sponsor page in the Dinner Journal, event signage with logo, acknowledgment in all event materials including e-newsletters and logo on AFB’s website plus ten gift bags.

PATRON | $10,000
Includes one table, cocktails and dinner for ten guests, full page in Dinner Journal, event signage plus ten gift bags.

Includes cocktails and dinner for four guests, acknowledgment on AFB’s website and in the Dinner Journal, plus four gift bags.

Includes cocktails and dinner for one, plus one gift bag.


BACK COVER | $10,000
FULL PAGE | $2,000
HALF PAGE | $1,500
LISTING | $1,000

Acknowledgments should be 1/1 or 2/2 (black and/or PMS 289 blue). Journal page size: 6" x 10", no bleed. Full page: 5.75" width by 9.75" height. Half page: 5.75" width by 4.625" height. Journals will print 2-color Black & PMS 289 (blue) on silk coated stock.

A high resolution printer-ready PDF with crop marks of your acknowledgment and/or logo must be submitted by May 15, 2015 via email to:

AFB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. The fair market value of each dinner ticket is $235.

For reservations or dinner journal information contact Suzette Williams at, tel: (212) 502-7621. For online reservations and payments click here.

*About AFB’s 19th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Award Honorees

Apple Inc. deeply believes in advancing humanity by making its products accessible to people with various disabilities. Intuitive by design, Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of the Apple ecosystem. With these innovative technologies built right in, Apple products become powerful and affordable assistive devices.

Charlie Cox is an English actor best known for his starring role as Tristan Thorne in Stardust and for his supporting role in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Cox plays the title role of Matt Murdock in Marvel's Daredevil series released on Netflix.

Ward Marston is a Philadelphia-based musician, band leader, and music restorer who has received numerous accolades for re-mastering classical recordings ranging from Rachmaninoff to ragtime. Blind since infancy, he has jammed with Count Basie, played piano at the White House, and organ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, among many other memorable gigs.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. In addition to Hetlioz®, it also produces Fanapt®, a pharmaceutical for the treatment of schizophrenia with other products in the pipeline.

Press Release

Tina Chapman, Sales & Media Manager
tel: (212) 502-7614 - email:

For reservations or dinner journal information: Suzette Williams, Development Associate
tel: (212) 502-7621 - email: Online reservations and payments.

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