Personal injury attorney Steven Benvenisti, of the Law Firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, will be presented with the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award on Friday, November 1 at the Foundation’s Masquerade Ball.
Benvenisti is a well-known attorney, author, and public speaker who has made countless charitable donations toward combating drunk driving and advanced brain injury research. Benvenisti, also the keynote speaker, will be presented with the inaugural Achievement Award after he discusses his experiences as a former Helen Hayes Hospital patient.
Six weeks before he was to graduate from college, a drunk driver’s vehicle crushed Benvenisti’s legs and left him in a coma for 10 days. He spent six months at Helen Hayes Hospital, where underwent 15 surgeries and intense rehabilitation before fully recovering and going on to law school.
“I’m excited for the Gala because it will give me a long overdue opportunity to personally thank the amazing people who work at Helen Hayes Hospital for the wonderful work that they do,” said Benvenisti. “It will give me an opportunity to express, what I’ve already shared with hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, that the professionals at Helen Hayes Hospital are the reason why I fully recovered from catastrophic injuries and am now able to live the happy and productive life I live every single day.”
In 2012, Benvenisti published Spring Break: A True Story of Hope and Determination. There, he describes his injuries, treatment, and calling to become a charitable force.
“We chose Steven to be the first recipient of the Achievement Award not only because of his incredible strength and determination in making a remarkable recovery, but because of his advocacy and support of efforts aimed at injury prevention,” said Mitchell Davis, Chairperson for the event and Foundation Treasurer. “He truly exemplifies the mission of hope and spirit Helen Hayes Hospital.”
The Ball will be held Friday, November 1, at 6:00 pm at the Glenpointe Marriott, 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd, Teaneck, New Jersey.
As a speaker, Benvenisti has presented numerous programs to students, law enforcement personnel, and medical professionals across the country, discussing his life’s mission to inspire those struggling with catastrophic injuries. One hundred percent of all honorariums and proceeds from Benvenisti’s programs are waived and donated directly to various charities, including Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
The health care professionals at Helen Hayes Hospital, past and present will also be honored at the event for their incomparable excellence in care. Amy J. McKenna, a practicing physical therapist in North Carolina and Benvenisti’s therapist during his stay at the hospital, will be reunited with her patient for the first time in 24 years.
As one of the country’s first physical rehabilitation facilities, Helen Hayes Hospital is widely recognized as a leader in physical rehabilitation medicine and research, enabling their patients to move on to active and independent lives.
The Masquerade Ball will benefit the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit organization 501(c) (3) that supports vital needs of the hospital not met by traditional funding sources. For more information, visit http://www.hhhfoundation.net/ or call 845-786-4365.