Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, presented Michael J. Fox with the Global Health Award for his work to transform the health and well-being of people worldwide during DLF's Fall benefit gala on November 16 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Since 2000, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has provided over $600 million to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
Arianna Huffington was also similarly honored during the event. Ms. Huffington has launched “Thrive Global,” a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of "changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.”
Both Mr. Fox and Ms. Huffington practice TM.
The benefit raised over $700,000 to bring Transcendental Meditation to children and adults who suffer from toxic stress and trauma.
The event also featured:
• Conversations with renowned neuroscientist Tony Nader, MD, PhD, who oversees the international TM organization, on how meditation impacts the brain and the body, and with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the creators of Showtime’s hit “Billions,” on TM and creativity.
• Meditating students from the Bronx High School for Law and Community Service and the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, who spoke eloquently about the healing impact of the meditation-based Quiet Time program in their schools.
"Meditation has given me security, relief, and tranquility. It has given me the power to conquer and to control my anxiety. Something I never thought I would have been able to achieve. Now, nothing has power over me. Not my past, not fear, and not guilt.” —Reanna Suarez, 8th grade student, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School. (Read Reanna’s full statement here.)
• Performance of the beautiful, haunting original music of singer/songwriter Matt Butler.