Gisele Bündchen, Robin Roberts, Carolyn Rafaelian, and Joni Steele Kimberlin will all be honored with Humanitarian Awards, while Air Force Lieutenant (ret.) LaToya Mack will receive the Courage Award, at the David Lynch Foundation’s (DLF) “Women of Vision” benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 9, at 583 Park Avenue in Manhattan.
The Humanitarian Award honors individuals and organizations who, through their wisdom, conviction, life experience, and resolve, elevate members of our world family to new levels of health, prosperity, and progress.
The Courage Award honors individuals or organizations who have overcome considerable adversity to heal the traumas of life and develop their own creative potential while uplifting the quality of life of those around them.
Proceeds from the benefit will fund the work of the DLF Center for Women and Girls Health and Wellness, to provide the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique at no cost to 1,000 women and children in the New York City area who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
The DLF has already provided scholarships for over 500 women through the Family Justice Centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as through Sanctuaries for Families and other regional women’s shelters. The Foundation also works with veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress and their families, and with urban students in underserved schools.
Proceeds from the benefit will… provide the stress-reducing TM technique at no cost to women and children in the New York City area who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Scientific research has fueled the growing interest in TM and its increasing use to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress, according to Bob Roth, CEO of the Foundation.
For example, the Department of Defense has provided $2.4 million to study the effects of the technique on post-traumatic stress among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. In addition, research on the effects of TM on 1,000 public school students in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods is being funded by multi-million-dollar grants from the University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.