BTF Honors Dinner
BTF Honors Dinner Launched December 5, 2011
Sigourney Weaver, His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, Sarah Jessica Parker, General Peter W. Chiarelli, Chuck Gulash, Dr. Jamshid Ghajar
On December 5, 2011, BTF held its inaugural Honors dinner at Pierre Hotel in New York City celebrating its first 25 ground-breaking years.
BTF’s long-time friend, Sigourney Weaver, hosted the evening, while BTF board member Sarah Jessica Parker, assisted BTF’s President and Founder, Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, in presenting the honors.
General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, received the Humanitarian Award. Throughout his career, General Chiarelli has shown deep compassion and strong moral commitment to helping our nation’s servicemembers who have sustained TBIs.
His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, who is a TBI caregiver himself as his son sustained a serious brain injury as a result of a polo accident, received the International Leadership Award. Since his son’s injury, he has founded the Indian Head Injury Foundation to build a comprehensive system in India for the prevention and treatment of brain trauma in order to improve outcomes and provide rehabilitation.
The Science and Prevention Award went to Toyota Motor Corporation for its deep commitment to understanding and helping to reduce the occurrence and severity of head injuries in automotive accidents. Accepting on behalf of Toyota was Chuck Gulash, the Director of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center.
Also speaking about his personal experience having sustained multiple concussions during his career as a professional wrestler was TBI advocate, author, and former professional wrestler, Christopher Nowinski.
Dionne Warwick’s gracious performance for BTF’s honorable guests and cause closed the evening.