The 15th Annual IDEAL Gala

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Join us Monday, February 24, for the 15th Annual Gala

Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY 10011



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The IDEAL 15th Annual Gala honorees are:

  • Evan Azriliant IDEAL Board of Trustees member since 2005
  • Annette Hayde IDEAL’s first CFO, Board member from 2015 to 2018, and Advisory Council member
  • Dr. Elisabeth Krents Admissions Director at The Dalton School and IDEAL Advisory Council member
  • Dr. David Salsberg Neuropsychologist in private practice for over 20 years and IDEAL Advisory Council member

Read the honorees' full bios.

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Veteran network news journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker, co-writers of the bestselling book, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, will host the event. Kissy Simmons, Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, will perform special musical selections.

Read our co-hosts' bios and our special guest's bio.

Support the Gala

There are many ways to support IDEAL’s Annual Gala. Donate auction items using the online form or download a pdf form to print out and return. Click here to go to the online donation form. Click here to download a pdf of the Gala Auction Donation Letter and Form. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For details, contact Claudia Koota, Coordinator of Development, at