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Actor and AIS Board Member Emily Blunt hosted the American Institute for Stutterings 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala last night in New York City. The event raised funds to support AIS’s mission to provide free or low-cost therapy to underserved people who stutter. The evening paid tribute to the late journalist and author, Sir Harold Evans, who was an active member of the AIS Board for close to two decades. Along with his wife, Tina Brown, they created the Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala to raise much-needed funding for therapy and to increase public awareness about stuttering.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 11: Tina Brown and Emily Blunt speak onstage at the 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala at Guastavino’s on July 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 11: Wynter Mabry and Emily Blunt attend the 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala at Guastavino’s on July 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 11: (L-R) Mark O’Malia, Mark O’Malia, Kristel Kubart and Emily Blunt appear onstage at the 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala at Guastavino’s on July 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 11: Dr. Heather Grossman and Emily Blunt speak onstage at the 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala at Guastavino’s on July 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 11: Emily Blunt speaks onstage at the 2022 Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Gala at Guastavino’s on July 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)

The organization presented AIG & Lucy Fato, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Global Head of Communications & Government Affairs with the Catherine Montgomery Advocacy Award in recognition of AIG’s commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace and for serving as allies to those who stutter. AIS also honored its Executive Director, Dr. Heather Grossman, with an award for her ten years of visionary leadership. Other notables in attendance included Eli Golden, Marc Winski, and American Institute for Stuttering Board Chair, Eric Dinallo., who is the Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton Insurance Regulatory Practice.