On December 3rd, 2019, the David Lynch Foundation hosted the Women of Vision Award luncheon in New York City. The event honored four fantastic women for wisdom and outstanding talents. Mary-Louise Parker and Deborra-Lee Furness (actresses and directors), Lisa Beatha (U.S. veteran) and Donna Karan (fashion designer).
Vanessa Cornell and Joni Kimberlin (benefit co-hosts) welcomed guests in attendance. Most noteworthy, Good Day New York co-anchor Rosanna Scotto hosted the event. In addition, Bob Roth (David Lynch Foundation CEO) began the luncheon with a short meditation. A killer guitar solo followed, performed by Grammy-award winning and 2020 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, Sharon Isbin.
Actress and director Mary-Louise Parker accepted her award first. Will and Ash, Mary-Louise Parker’s two children, introduced their mother to the stage. After thanking the David Lynch Foundation, Parker spoke: “I am so honored to be associated with them at all, much less being honored by them.”
Awarded for her aid to veterans, US Army Veteran Lisa Beatha, Director of Veterans Affairs at CUNY took the stage. Lisa Beatha works to provide veterans with resources for positive mental health and success post-combat. We all tip our hats to you Lisa Beatha. Thank you for your service.
The second actress and director to win yesterday, Deborra-Lee Furness, ambitions focus on finding adoptive homes for vulnerable children worldwide. In her speech, she supported TM. “If we can all be our authentic true selves, that is pure love and we will all get along a whole lot better.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Donna Karan for promoting global health. A good friend, Russell James, introduced Donna. After that, she spoke on stage: “My dream is to connect the dots — connecting each and every one of us together to find peace in the world today.”
Proceeds from the event are used to help bring TM to thousands of New Yorkers in need. Research has shown transcendental meditation provides numerous healing capabilities for PTSD, stress and anxiety. Meanwhile, the David Lynch Foundation will similarly continue funding independent research involving TM.
No further news on the ending to Eraserhead. And no word if Twin Peaks will make a comeback in the near future. That is to say the story is just beginning. Meanwhile this story is ending. The luncheon raised funds for a good cause and awarded noteworthy women of our time. Safe to say it was a successful night for the David Lynch Foundation.
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