The 2006 Gala Victory Awards® were held on November 6 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
For 20 years, the Victory Awards® have been a nationally recognized celebration of the victory of the human spirit and honors those individuals who best exemplify exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity.
The honorees for the 20th Anniversary Victory Awards® were:
||Teri Garr, Actress and Comedienne|
Announcing publicly in 2002 her battle with multiple sclerosis, Ms. Garr has become a leading advocate in raising awareness of MS and the latest treatments for the disease.
||Michael Graves, Architect and Designer|
One of the most remarkably creative and successful of any American architect practicing today, Mr. Graves's body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
||Monica Greenberg, Arts Patron and Philanthropist |
It was her love of the Arts that sustained Monica Greenberg following an automobile accident and traumatic brain injury. After several years of intense rehabilitation, she is once again an active participant in the charities she has championed for so many years.
||Geri Jewell, Actress and Comedienne|
Geri Jewell was the first person with cerebral palsy, and one of the first people with disabilities, to have a recurring role on television. She has also experienced tremendous success as a stand-up comedienne, drawing upon her personal experiences with CP.
||Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchor|
Mr. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC news. Following an acute-care stay and inpatient rehabilitation, Mr. Woodruff continues his recovery through outpatient therapy and looks to rejoin, full-time, the ABC News team.
||A special Victory Award® and tribute was presented symbolically to the men and women of the military who have been wounded while fighting for our country in recent conflicts around the world.|
Over the past 20 years, Victory Awards® have been presented to famous faces like Kirk Douglas, Ray Charles, Gloria Estefan, Sammy Davis, Jr., Senator Bob Dole, Barbara Mandrell, Marlee Matlin, Congressman Jim Langevin, Johnny Cash, and Stevie Wonder, as well as everyday men and women—all of whom are extraordinary people who share one thing in common, the victory of the human spirit.
Hosted by the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Victory Awards® was presented at a black-tie gala celebration on Monday, November 6, 2006, in the grand atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.