Night of Inspiration

Diana Williams, Guest Host

Diana Williams is an award-winning television journalist and anchor at WABC, with a personal connection to traumatic brain injury. In 2015 her son Nat, a Captain in the USAF and an F-22 fighter pilot, was severely injured in a motorcycle accident, breaking numerous bones in his body and suffering both internal bleeding and traumatic brain injury. Nat has spent many months in recovery, with many more ahead. Diana has taken to social media to share her son’s progress, shining a spotlight on the remarkable caregivers who have helped further his recovery, as well as focusing on the challenges people with traumatic brain injury face on a daily basis.

2016 Award Recipients

Over the past 28 years, Dr. Glenn Seliger has earned
the respect, admiration and affection of patients, families, caregivers, peers and co-workers at Helen Hayes Hospital, and beyond. As the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Dr. Seliger is charged with caring for the physical, mental and emotional needs of patients and families confronting life’s most challenging and devastating events. He does so expertly, and with the greatest of care and compassion.

 

A farmer and quiet philanthropist, Niles was a passionate supporter of Helen Hayes Hospital and a founder of the  Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. Niles lived by his favorite Winston Churchill quote: “You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give.” The Jan and Niles Davies Learning Center for preschool children at Helen Hayes Hospital is a testament to his generosity and compassion, and we will forever be grateful for his immense contributions.

 

Elaine became involved with Helen Hayes Hospital in the late 1990’s after her husband, Frank, was a patient here. A longtime resident of Tarrytown, Elaine would refer to us as “the hospital across the river that took such good care of Frank”. Aside from being a major donor to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, Elaine has given back in many other ways. As a member of the HHHF Board of Directors, Elaine has worked on numerous Galas, Golf Outings and has shared her interior design expertise as a passionate advocate of the opening of Helen’s Hope Chest.