NCLD's 36th Annual Benefit Dinner
On April 15, 2013, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) hosted its 36th Annual Benefit Dinner in New York City. This hugely successful event, emceed by award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, is the largest benefit event in the nation that supports individuals with learning disabilities (LD).
NCLD honored Ford Motor Company, and the extraordinary leadership of Bill Ford, with the Distinguished Leadership Award. NCLD Chairman Emerita, Anne Ford, and Honorary Benefit Chair, John S. Weinberg, presented the award for the company’s support of individuals with disabilities through its FEDA program (Ford Employees Dealing with disAbilities). NCLD also honored Quinn Bradlee, founder and CEO of FriendsofQuinn.com, with the Young Leader Award to celebrate his extraordinary outreach to young people with LD. Barbara Walters presented the award to Quinn.
Sigourney Weaver presented the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships to three very deserving high school seniors. Ross Chapman and Holly Schallert were awarded with the Anne Ford Scholarships. Kcory Woltz was awarded the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship.
Support from the Annual Benefit directly helps NCLD to achieve its mission of improving the lives of all individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities. NCLD empowers parents, enables young adults to become effective self-advocates, creates policy and advocacy impact, and transforms schools nationwide.