A number of CMCers were in New York at the end of May to attend a Spirit of Helen Keller Gala, which raised approximately $1 million dollars for the nonprofit’s global, life-saving work in preventing blindness and malnutrition. Joining the guest list in support of the 2014 Kravis Prize recipient’s gala were: Claremont McKenna Trustee Douglas Peterson ’80 P’14 P’15, CEO and President of McGraw Hill Financial; Ernie Iseminger, Claremont McKenna Vice President for Development & External Relations; Kravis Leadership Institute Board member Mustafa ’76 and Liz Mirza P’13 P’15; Elizabeth Algermissen P’14, Assistant Director of Leadership Giving at Claremont McKenna; Ethos Water founder and Fonderie 47 CEO Peter Thum ’90; Aron Khurana ’09, founder of 847 Hoops; and Kevin Blair ’06, a business valuation and litigation consultant.

Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin, star of the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine, was the event’s Honorary Junior Chair. The evening also honored humanitarian and economist Tom Arnold (former CEO of Concern Worldwide) with the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award for his “extraordinary dedication to ending child hunger and improving maternal health in the developing world.”

Read more about the gala on HKI’s website.