Yesterday, (December 3), the David Lynch Foundation honored four extraordinary women at the 2019 Women of Vision Awards. The benefit luncheon recognized fashion designer Donna Karan, actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness, U.S. Army veteran Lisa Beatha, and actress and director Mary-Louise Parker for their dedication to improving lives around the world.
Celebrating the wisdom, conviction, compassion, and unique talents of these incredible women, the moving afternoon was hosted by Good Day New York co-anchor Rosanna Scotto at the elegant 583 Park Avenue. PRESS HERE to download house photos from the Women of Vision benefit luncheon (photo credit: Jared Siskin).
Attendees were welcomed by benefit co-chairs Vanessa Cornell and Joni Kimberlin, as well as David Lynch Foundation CEO and renowned TM teacher Bob Roth, who led attendees in a short meditation that flowed into a captivating guitar solo by Grammy-award winning and 2020 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, Sharon Isbin.
Following a touching film of their work in Africa, Mary-Louise Parker‘s children, Will and Ash Parker, introduced their mother. Moved by their words, Mary-Louise thanked her children, Bob Roth, and the David Lynch Foundation for changing her own life. Roth then surprised the family by presenting Will and Ash with their own awards for their commitment to Africa through organizations like Okello Kelo Sam’s HopeNorth.
“The breadth and reach of what the David Lynch Foundation achieves for victims of domestic violence, veterans (which is super close to my heart) and inner city kids is just really moving to me. I am so honored to be associated with them at all, much less being honored by them,” shared Mary-Louise Parker.
Next to be honored was US Army Veteran Lisa Beatha, Director of Veterans Affairs at CUNY. Since leaving the military, Lisa has been dedicated to guiding veterans’ lives towards healing and success.
Introduced by her friend Kelly Behun Sugarman, Deborra-Lee Furness shared the importance of connection and her mission to find adoptive homes vulnerable children worldwide.
“What the David Lynch Foundation is doing is the most important work to me,” said Deborra-Lee Furness. “What is more important than helping people come back to their authentic true selves, which is basically what meditation does. The more the stress and the toxicity rises, the more we get so far away from ourselves. So, if we can all be our authentic true selves, that is pure love and we will all get along a whole lot better.”
Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting global healthcare and well-being, Donna Karan was welcomed to the stage by her dear friend Russell James, “Donna is driven by caring and love… she is a person who cares literally about everyone.”
“My dream is to connect the dots — connecting each and every one of us together to find peace in the world today,” expressed Donna Karan.
“I am so grateful that there are so many people who see the value of meditation in transforming lives,” concluded Bob Roth. What’s missing in people’s lives is silence, is a break, is quiet and the goal of the David Lynch Foundation is to do the research so that Transcendental Meditation can be part of our healthcare system so that everyone can benefit.”
Funds raised from the luncheon are critical to help bring Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people who are in need in New York City and around the world. Research has shown that TM reduces stress, heals PTSD, lowers substance abuse, improves academic performance and graduation rates, and reduces arrests for violent crime. For more info on the honorees, PRESS HERE.