New York City
- It was shopping and champagne for a great cause on October 27 as the very fashionable Facconable boutique on Fifth Avenue in conjunction with Vanity Fair
hosted a "Shopping Night" with a hefty percentage of sales earmarked for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Matthew Reeve with sister Alexandra Reeve Givens hosted the Shopping and Champagne event at Facconable .
and Alexandra Reeve Givens
, Christopher's children by his first marriage were on hand to greet a mixed group of socialites, rockers and scenesters to the very tony emporium. The Reeve siblings headed up the event "Shopping & Champagne" with friends Francesco Clark
and Elisa Lipsky-Karasz
. Pals Alexandra Richards
and Kristen Cole
(Miss USA) came to help talk up The Reeve Foundation which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury through funding research as well as improving the quality of life for those living with paralysis through advocacy and information.
As always, both Matthew and Alexandra went out of their way to personally welcome each and every guest in a very gracious manner - a lovely trait no doubt a result of their very polite British upbringing. Among those the pair greeted were Charlie Scheips
, Amanda Finley
, Francesca Traldi
, Bob Green
, Edward Menicheschii
, Syl Tang
, Inga Vafceskov
, Anisha Lakhan
, David Gruening
, Lisa Anastos
, Robert Fowler
, and Scott Buccheit
Alexandra Richards at Vanity Fair and Facconable party.
While the guests were cuddling with the cashmere, and grooving to the tunes while stroking the luxurious suede and grooving to the tunes of DJ French
, Matthew and Alexandra were busily talking up the extraordinary work of the foundation and the number of people living with paralysis due to spinal cord injury. Matthew was extremely serious in laying out the issue. "We all know someone - a brother, sister, friend, neighbor, or colleague - living with paralysis," said Reeve. "They are only one degree of separation from all of us. They live with a condition that affects their family life, their ability to work, and their capacity to enjoy even the most routine everyday activities that others take for granted."
Asked about his work as a director of the foundation, he volunteered that he was organizing "Team Reeve" to run in the upcoming marathon and quickly became the NYU
college student he is and waxed enthusiastically about preparing for his first ever marathon this coming weekend, the 2009 ING New York City Marathon
, a grueling 26.5 run through the streets of the Big Apple. He decided to compete on behalf of 1.275 million Americans living with spinal cord injury.
Waiters at the ready with champagne at the festive evening.
"As a first time runner, I do not underestimate the challenge that lies ahead," said Matthew. "But I am motivated to do the training, to run, and to cross that finish line by the millions of people living with spinal cord injury who struggle daily with considerable challenges."
Matthew was inspired to run the marathon after he learned about the incredible size of the spinal cord injured community in the United States. Recently, the Reeve Foundation released the results of the largest paralysis population survey ever conducted, which reported that 5.6 million Americans live with paralysis, 1.275 million of whom are paralyzed due to spinal cord injury. To honor this community, he will be wearing bib number 1275.
Peter T. Wilderotter
, president and CEO of the Foundation remarked, "We are thrilled Matthew will be running the ING New York City Marathon this fall with other members of Team Reeve to raise awareness and funds for the Reeve Foundation's critical mission. Through support of ground-breaking research, education, and advocacy, The Reeve Foundation is racing toward the finish line: finding a cure for paralysis."
Wilderotter continued, "When President Obama rescinded the ban on federally funded stem cell research, he referenced the poem that hung as a sign on the wall of Christopher Reeve
's exercise room, which read, 'For everyone who thought I couldn't do it. For everyone who thought I shouldn't do it. For everyone who said I didn't have it in me. See you at the finish line.' Matthew Reeve will cross that finish line on behalf of his father and the millions of people who deserve care and cure."
Guests swirled through the beautifully appointed Facconable emporium.
"Matthew's decision to run in the ING New York City Marathon epitomizes everything this race is all about - the triumph of the human spirit against all odds," said Mary Wittenberg
, president and CEO of New York Road Runners and race director of the ING New York City Marathon. "The first Sunday in November is always an uplifting day, and we're thrilled to join Matthew in celebrating his first race in New York."
Matthew is following in his father's footsteps in many ways - working as a director and producer and maintaining an active role in the Foundation. In addition to serving on the Board he is also a member of the Quality of Life Committee, which funds programs across the globe that help people living with paralysis become more fully integrated members of society. As well, he has picked up some responsibilities of his stepmother, the late Dana Reeve
by reviewing and selecting grant requests from non-profit organizations that meet the unique and numerous needs of people living with disabilities. He also serves on the Foundation's Executive Committee and co-chairs the Champions Committee, bringing together young professionals to advance the Foundation's work.
For more information on the Foundation go to go to www.christopherreeve.org.