UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY
TVís Greatest Honored
At Annual Awards Fete
Text and Photos by POLLY VAN RAALTE
OU could feel all the warmth throughout the event when Sir Howard Stringer and Barbara Walters were honored at the United Cerebral Palsy 45th annual dinner at the New York Hilton. Henry Kissinger presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Stringer, chairman and ceo of Sony Corporation of America.
Katharine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company, made the presentation of the Community Service Award to her dear friend Walters.
Meredith Vieira served as mistress of ceremonies. She is seen with Walters on TVís The View.
I was quite moved by the video tribute to the late Leonard H. Goldenson, founder of ABC and co-founder of UCP.
As I listened to the speeches I couldnít help thinking of dinners past that honored such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Glenn, John H. Kluge, Princess Diana, Rupert Murdoch, Colin L. Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf and Walter V. Shipley. What deserving individuals!
Henry Kissinger gets the
inside look of Meredith
Vieira (left) and Barbara
Walters of ABCís The View.
Sir Howard Stringer
Mel Karmazin of CBS
Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes
Now I was a listening to the praises of Sir Walter and Barbara, UCP supporters for many years.
ABCís Roone Arledge told us about Barbaraís professionalism, and how she was able to interview so many personalities all over the world.
Barbara told how she enlisted UCPís help for her sister who had special needs.
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, and Robert A. Iger, president and ceo of the Walt Disney Company, were the benefit chairmen.
They were joined by co-chairs Frank A. Bennack Jr., president/ceo of the Hearst Corporation; William B. Harrison Jr., president/ceo of Chase Manhattan; Leo Hausman, UCP chairman; Mel Karmazin, president/ceo of CBS; John W. Kluge, Metromedia chairman; Thomas S. Murphy, former chairman of ABC; Martin Pompadur, president of News Corporation Europe; John R. Stafford, chairman, president and ceo of American Home Products, and Paul A. Volcker, chairman emeritus of the Federal Reserve System.