The legacy and inspiration of Christopher Reeve (aka Superman) and his heroic struggle to walk again following a riding accident which left him paralyzed lives on today through his foundation and its New York City supporters are making sure his work continues by raising money and awareness with great events.
Last week, Jason Rogers and I attended one of those events— a fundraiser for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation hosted by Francesco Clarke at the private club Norwood in Chelsea. Francesco’ story is truly inspiring– despite being paralyzed in a diving accident in 2002, he has risen above his tragedy to be a successful business man, founding the Clark’s Botanical Products, as well as helping to advance the mission of the foundation.
In attendance was the beautiful and extremely gracious Alexandra Reeve, whose British accent threw me off at first (She was raised partially in London!), supermodel Maggie Rizer, our friends Scott Buccheit, Carrie Baker, Grace Brea, Tammy Karakis and about a hundred or so guests. Alexandra and Francesco thanked the crowd and shared the importance of the continuing efforts to cure spinal cord injury.(Very inspiring people!)
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation– whose mission to help fund research to cure spinal cord injuries is now carried on by his children Matthew, Will and Alexandra Reeve as well as a great group of “champions” in New York like Francesco and has many supporters including celebrities like Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Wilmer Valderrama who all attended their annual gala last year where our friend, former NY Ranger Mike Richter was honored along with his teammate Brian Leetch.
You can learn more about the foundation and their future events at:
You can also read about our friend’s Scott experieces that night at: http://guestofaguest.com/nyc-events/cott/