NCLD Celebrates the 1 in 5 at Annual Benefit Dinner

On Monday, March 5th, NCLD brought together 450 friends and supporters for its Annual Benefit Dinner at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening celebrated the 1 in 5 people with learning and attention issues, reducing stigma and lifting up the voices of the young people, parents and educators who NCLD serves each day.

The program began with a powerful poem recited by spoken-word poet and advocate for people with disabilities, LeDerick Horne. Horne’s poem “Dare to Dream” urged young people facing learning and attention issues to strive for success and never see themselves as limited by their struggles.

This year, NCLD honored two individuals truly committed to improving the lives of the 1 in 5. NFL Offensive Lineman for the Denver Broncos Garett Bolles received the Distinguished Leadership Award. Bolles, who has ADHD, spoke about the importance of never giving up, and using hardship to fuel determination rather than defeat. Author, journalist and long-time NCLD Board Member Sally Quinn received the Distinguished Advocate Award for her role in raising public awareness for the cause. Quinn was introduced by special guest and long-time friend Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics.

The benefit also recognized two extraordinary high school seniors, winners of the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas scholarships: Joe Hendrix and Cohen Collins. Both young men have worked hard to overcome the challenges of their learning and attention issues, and have expertly balanced schoolwork, jobs and extracurriculars, while also giving back to their communities.

President and CEO Mimi Corcoran reminded the audience of the importance of becoming advocates for change and fighting to break down the harmful stigma the 1 in 5 face. “Only by using your voice, and all of our voices, will our kids be able to realize their dreams, reach for the stars, and knock out the stigma surrounding learning and attention issues once and for all.”

The attendees and sponsors contributed $2.8 million to support NCLD’s programs.  

To see more photos from this special night, check out our Facebook page.