Gala Presented in Cooperation with Wine Spectator
New York, October 31, 2022 – The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) will honor CODA actor Daniel Durant—best known for his starring role as Leo Rossi in the Academy Award-winning movie CODA—at its annual fundraising gala taking place November 1st at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. CHC’s 29th Annual Gala features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, “dinner by the bite” and fine wines from around the world courtesy of CHC’s longstanding partner Wine Spectator. Proceeds, which have totaled over $10 million in the last 10 years, support CHC’s transformative clinical care for people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges.
Daniel Durant, who made his Broadway debut in 2015 as Moritz in the critically acclaimed production of Spring Awakening and currently can be seen competing on the Disney+ series Dancing with the Stars, will receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, CHC’s highest honor. Durant has received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding performances as well as his contributions to the arts and Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. CHC Executive Director, Laurie Hanin, says, “We are thrilled to honor Daniel Durant for his leadership in fostering change in the entertainment business, and also for his philanthropic contributions. He’s an incredible role model for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, and very much embodies the theme of this year’s gala—The Power of Communication. Communication is central to our ability to connect with one another, and it is empowering to view the world not as filled with obstacles but with possibilities. We see this in Daniel and we try to instill it in all the clients we see at CHC.”
Among the inspired epicurean offerings at the Gala will be custom-crafted cocktails, select hors d’ourves and finger desserts designed by Al Coro, the acclaimed new Italian dining spot in Chelsea recently awarded two Michelin stars and featuring chef Melissa Rodriguez. Silent Auction partners include Per Se, Gramercy Tavern, TribecaFilm Festival, Broadway’s Funny Girl, A Beautiful Noise and many others. CK Swett of Lot 1 Auctioneers will participate in the festivities, which will be accessible to people with hearing loss through the use of real-time captioning, ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices and a hearing loop. Accessibility measures are funded, in part, by Sound Associates and InnoCaption; additional corporate sponsors include Oticon and Phonak.
For interviews and inquiries contact:
Nancy Nadler, CHC’s Deputy Executive Director
About Center for Hearing and Communication
Founded in 1910, CHC is a historic pillar of support, offering high-quality, comprehensive services to empower people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges. Through a unique blend of comprehensive and clinically outstanding onsite and virtual services, and community outreach programs, CHC impacts the quality of life for 50,000 infants, children, and adults annually. CHC offers the highest caliber of services to individuals and families coping with the challenges of hearing loss, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more at www.CHChearing.org.