The Lou Gehrig Legacy Gala
The Lou Gehrig Legacy Gala is the signature fundraising event of ALS Greater New York. The 2023 Gala marked another important step in our urgent quest for a cure. With your support, we can move closer to our ultimate vision: a world without ALS.
On November 6th, the ALS community came together to commemorate the remarkable progress in ALS research and the ever-evolving landscape of care for those contending with this devastating disease during our annual Lou Gehrig Legacy Gala. Under the guidance of Master of Ceremonies Jeremy Schaap, and special guest, Bob Costas, the event highlighted the presentation of prestigious awards, recognizing exceptional contributions to the ALS community.
- Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America received the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award for their groundbreaking work to bring forward a treatment for the ALS community and pave the way for future therapies.
- Her ALS Story, a network of truly inspirational women diagnosed with ALS under age 35, was celebrated with the esteemed Iron Horse Award for their collective strength and advocacy. Leah Stavenhagen, Desi Kessler, Ashley Rivera, and Kaitlin Gonzales accepted the award on behalf of this amazing group.
- Baseball legend Todd Zeile, who spent 16 seasons in the MLB and retired with the New York Mets in 2004, was honored with the Lou Gehrig Sports Award, embodying the leadership and character of Lou Gehrig. Over the last decade, he has focused on raising funds and awareness for many causes close to his heart, including the Special Olympics and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Internationally recognized art dealer and former Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey H. Loria, received the Champion Award for his dedication and support of the ALS community over nearly two decades.