SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Showcasing the transformational power of physical activity and sports for physically challenged individuals, Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) will be celebrating ‘A Decade of Difference’ at the historic 10-year anniversary of A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala in New York City.
After 10 years of dedicated leadership, vision and passion, Scott Stackman, who created A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope in 2007, will serve as the evening’s honoree taking place on June 8, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. From an early age, Scott’s parents taught him the importance and need of giving back. These values drove Scott to bring this iconic event to New York City, which over the last nine years has raised over $11.2 million dollars to help challenged athletes succeed in the game of life.
“It has truly been an honor serving for the past 10 years as the Chairman of A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope,” said the Managing Director of UBS Private Wealth Management, Scott Stackman. “Through this wonderful event, we have created a warm family, a tight community and a new tradition of philanthropy that can be passed from one generation to the next. I am especially honored to be able to share this journey with the thousands of challenged athletes that we have helped fulfill their dreams through access to sports.”
A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope past honorees include: Byron Roth (2015), Bill Ackman (2014), Heroes of Boston (2013), Daniel Loeb (2012), Martin Franklin (2011), Stephen Freidheim (2010), Mark Holowesko (2009), David Moross (2008) and James Benson (2007).
Throughout the evening, inspirational challenged athletes will relive their powerful moments of triumph, while recognizing the trailblazers, visionaries and personalities who have truly made ‘A Decade of Difference.’
“On behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation and over 11,000 people with physical challenges globally, who have gained the opportunity to pursue an active lifestyle through sports, I would like to express exceptional gratitude to Scott for allowing CAF to continue to fulfill its mission,” remarked CAF CEO Bill Geppert. “As grant requests to CAF continue to grow each year, the demand to raise more funds increases. Thanks to Scott’s leadership and all the supporters of the gala, we will continue to change lives.”
Funds raised at the event will support challenged athletes with adaptive sports equipment, which is costly and not typically covered by medical insurance. CAF also provides coaching and training, travel and competition expenses through its Access for Athletes Grant Program, which distributed 1,709 grants in April 2015 worldwide representing a collective value of $3.5 million. The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides mentoring and free sports clinics for people with physical challenges year-round.
For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please visit heroesheartandhope.com. Visit challengedathletes.org to learn more about how to support the organization through unique fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.
The 2016 A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala sponsors include: Julie & Martin Franklin, ROTH Capital Partners, Emily & Scott Stackman, Gary Sumers, Gail Stackman, UBS, Diana & Joe DiMenna, Fisher Brothers Foundation, IRONMAN, Lyrical Asset Management, AIG, Caccoma Designs, Mack Real Estate Group, Men’s Health, Mutual of America, The Sharper Image, Accenture, Ashworth Awards, Allison & Timothy Coleman, Mindy & Jon Gray, Guggenheim Partners, The KRE Group, Locust Wood Capital Advisors, LLC, Mirum, Össur, Stonehenge Management LLC, and UBS Asset Management.
Experience A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala by watching the video highlight of CAF galas in 2015- https://youtu.be/3MTgfatALj8
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $70 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a hand cycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.