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A Celebration of Heroes, Heart & Hope

  • The "Heroes of Boston" are honored and celebrated

  • 650 Supporters, $1.2 Million Raised

  • An event unlike any other in New York City

8th Annual Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope

Wednesday June 11, 2014
Waldorf=Astoria, New York City


The Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope is an event like no other that showcases the transformational power of sports. It is a tribute to the challenged athletes who continue to defy the odds and prove that together, we are STRONGER. Join us Wednesday, June 11 for an inspiring evening as we recognize it’s not always our size, speed, or brute strength that makes us STRONG. What matters is the depth of our character, the will of our heart and the support of our community that powers us to victory in the biggest competition of all: the game of life.

At last year's Gala, you helped us honor many Boston Marathon survivors like Celeste Corcoran.
See how one year later, with YOUR help, CAF has supported them on their journey to get STRONGER...


Since the inaugural event in 2007, the Celebration of Heroes, Heart, and Hope gala has become one of New York City’s premier charitable events, raising over $8 million to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Each year the Grand Ballroom at the historic Waldorf=Astoria is transformed for an evening full of inspiration, motivation and entertainment. The unique gala, which brings together notables from Wall Street, the world of sports, and broadcast media puts incredible challenged athletes center stage as they share their uplifting stories of bravery, determination and achievement in sport – and in life. Nothing compares to this hip, sporty and luxurious evening where you not only support challenged athletes – but meet them in-person and witness firsthand how your support literally changes lives. A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope is a moving, fast-paced testament to the strength of the human spirit and its power to overcome any challenge.

A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope attracts top industry innovators and achievers who truly understand – whether in sport or in life – the importance of drive, passion and determination. The gala Honoree and Honorary Committee represent some of the most respected and successful people in their fields with past honorees including Steve Freidheim, Martin Franklin, Dan Loeb and the Boston Marathon Attack Survivors. From sponsors to attendees, the room is filled with CEOs, top corporate management and leaders from the leading financial institutions, hedge funds, real estate, publishing and high profile consultancies along with current and legendary pro athletes, celebrities and NY personalities.

Funds raised at A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope help challenged athletes overcome the financial obstacles that often keep them on the sidelines. The event allows CAF to provide grants for sports prosthetics and adaptive sports equipment typically not covered by medical insurance and provides funding for training, coaching, mentoring and competition expenses to allow challenged athletes to not only get involved - but stay involved in sports.

The true magic of the evening comes when generous donors raise their paddles to fund the athletic goals of challenged athletes; like a young girl’s running legs, so she can realize her dream to run on her high school track team; or when donations pour in for sports wheelchairs to allow paralyzed athletes compete in basketball, tennis, lacrosse, rugby and many other sports that able-bodied athletes take for granted. Thanks to events like the Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala, just this April 1, CAF funded grants totaling $3.1 million to 1,469 people across the US and internationally. Additionally, CAF raised over $50,000 to support the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy who have now become part of the CAF family; receiving grants for runninglegs, attending the Boston Össur Running clinic and being honored at the 2013 Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala.

Many thanks for the great evening. I had a wonderful time and it was fantastic to see all the CAF legends and to listen to the heart warming stories.

— Dave Scott, six-time Ironman World Champion