Helen Keller International (HKI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting preventable blindness and malnutrition, raised more than $1 million to support its efforts around the world.
Supporters gathered at Lincoln Center in New York City to celebrate HKI's work across the globe.
"Helen Keller showed us that, if we can all work together and from the goodness of our hearts, the world can be an extraordinary place-one of hope, one of resilience, and one of transformation where everyone has the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential," President and CEO Kathy Spahn told attendees.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, accepted the Spirit of Helen Keller Award, which was established in 1959, during Helen Keller's lifetime, to honor those whose work follows her legacy. Past recipients include Bill and Melinda Gates and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
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