Gala Honors

Reprinted from PN December 2012

PVA Americana Gala recognizes donors and celebrates employment campaign.

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Awards, veterans, military leaders, and even the Fonz were part of the annual Americana Gala held by the Paralyzed Veterans of American (PVA) in Washington, D.C., in October.

The Gala is a tribute to those who have inspired paralyzed veterans by their dedication to 25 million courageous veterans and 54 million people with disabilities. The Gala also celebrates Mission: ABLE, a campaign that enlists all Americans to help paralyzed vets fully live the lives they deserve.

Actor Henry Winkler (The Fonz) is ambassador of the Open Arms Campaign, which raises awareness about upper-limb spasticity.

FOX News Channel’s National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin served as master of ceremonies for more than 350 guests at the Capital Hilton.

Best known as Fonzie from the hit TV show Happy Days, actor Henry Winkler spoke to the group as ambassador of the Open Arms Campaign. Winkler talked about the group’s mission to raise awareness about upper-limb spasticity.

The Gala was also a chance to hand out honors to various groups for their work in helping all people with disabilities. This year’s honorees included:

Access-ABLE Award: Apple, for innovation in creating accessible technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities

Unstop-ABLE Award: Vehicle Production Group, for innovation in support of PVA’s mission to maximize the independence of its members and all people with disabilities

Achieve-ABLE Award: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes program, for innovation and leadership that recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit of today’s veterans

Employ-ABLE Award: QTC, A Lockheed Martin Company, for leadership and financial support to end unemployment among veterans with disabilities, through PVA’s Operation PAVE program


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