2017 Freedom To Walk Gala Highlights

After much debate about cancelling the event and expecting a smaller-than-normal crowd due to Hurricane Irma and other factors, the fifth annual Freedom to Walk Foundation gala proved successful.

A full crowd gathered at the Centre Club to dine, bid on prizes and gift baskets, enjoy entertainment from violinist Cosi Gonzalez and hear inspirational speeches.

Yet the biggest highlight turned out to be the look of surprise on the faces of two young men who received WalkAides, the device that helps combat foot drop, a symptom of several diseases that prevents people from walking comfortably. When foundation founder and executive director Daisy Vega announced Sammie Sherman and Felix Ortiz would receive the devices, the crowd rose to its feet as a few onlookers dabbed away tears.
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