Evening will honor president George H.W. Bush, Judy A. Smith, and Shawn Friedkin

New York, NY (October 28, 2015) – The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its annual "A Magical Evening" Gala on Thursday, November19, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street. The evening will mark the Foundation's 25th Anniversary.

This year's event hosted by Meredith Vieria will honor President George H.W. Bush with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. Judy A. Smith, President and CEO, Smith & Company will receive the Dana Reeve HOPE Award and Shawn Friedkin, Founder and President, Stand Among Friends will receive the Arnold H. Snider Visionary Leadership Award.

"2015 marks a watershed year for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation thanks to advances in the field of spinal cord injury research that prove cures are not only possible, they are inevitable. At A Magical Evening we will celebrate this period of unprecedented progress and toast the distance traveled over the past 25-years to deliver on Christopher Reeve's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs," said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. "This year's honorees are all changemakers who fuel the Reeve Foundation mission and have contributed to the movement ignited by our founders. Thanks to their efforts, we have an opportunity to transform lives in the here-and-now and offer tangible hope to the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis."

Past recipients of the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award include Travis Roy, Francesco Clark of Clark Botanicals, Paul Davarsa and The Walkabout Foundation. Past recipients of the Dana Reeve HOPE Award include Senator Tom Harkin, Karen LeGrand (Co-Founder, Team LeGrand), the film The Intouchables and Marsha Garces Williams.

The evening will feature a tribute to the past 25-years of the Reeve Foundation to honor the milestone anniversary of A Magical Evening, as well as an update on scientific breakthroughs like epidural stimulation which enabled four young men -- all completely paralyzed -- to stand, voluntarily move their legs, and recover critical autonomic functions. Last year, the Reeve Foundation unveiled a historic campaign, called The Big Idea, to fast track the next phase of epidural stimulation research with the mission of expediting the potential therapy to the clinic. For more information on The Big Idea, visit: www.ReeveBigIdea.org.

This year's Board of Directors includes John M. Hughes (Chairman), John E. McConnell (Vice Chairman), Henry G. Stifel, III (Vice Chairman), Matthew Reeve (Vice Chairman, International Development), Joel M. Faden (Treasurer), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Secretary), Peter T. Wilderotter (President & Chief Executive Officer), Timothy J. Connors, Stephen Evans-Freke, Simone George, Kelly Anne Heneghan, Esq., Lisa Henry Holmes, Daniel Heumann, Michael Hoog, Sal Iannuzzi, Anita McGorty, Timothy R. Pernetti, Mark Pollock, Will Reeve, David Sable, Marci Surfas, Christopher Tagatac, Tania Lynn Taylor, Patricia J. Volland and James O. Welch, Jr.

Through the Reeve Foundation's persistence and promise, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of if, but a question of when. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Proceeds from A Magical Evening enable the Reeve Foundation to continue its pivotal work.

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy For more information, please visit ChristopherReeve.org.