David Lynch Foundation Wishes You A Very Happy Holiday Wynton Marsalis opens an evening of jazz and a conversation on meditation during the David Lynch Foundation’s Change Begins Within IV benefit gala.
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Change Does Begin Within!

This past year provided wonderful and ample evidence that “change begins within.” Through the support of generous donors, the David Lynch Foundation was able to bring Transcendental Meditation to tens of thousands of at-risk adults and youth all over the world.

We celebrated our success with “An Historic Night of Jazz”–our fourth annual Change Begins Within benefit gala–held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The evening featured world-class jazz performances and celebrated the inspiring stories of transformation of first responders, survivors of domestic violence, and children on the autistic spectrum.

During the evening, the Foundation honored Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz with the DLF’s “Perfect Health Award” and Ray and Barbara Dalio with the DLF’s “Unbounded Generosity Award” for their unmatched lifetime achievements in the fields of health and finance and philanthropy—and for their generous support of the DLF’s work with adults and children in great need. Sixteen-year-old Joey Lowenstein, who has autism spectral disorder, received the DLF’s “Resolute Courage Award” for triumphing over overwhelming personal setbacks and starting the Joey Lowenstein Foundation to aid children with autism, including providing them with TM instruction.

Donations from the benefit gala helped the Foundation begin to deploy a team of young professional instructors who will bring Transcendental Meditation to thousands of inner-city students, veterans, and women and girls in the New York City Tri-State area during 2013.

Highlights from the Evening
“With TM, I’m able to control my flashbacks without drugs or alcohol. I have no idea where I’d be in life if it wasn’t for this program.” —Michael Ortiz, retired undercover DEA agent Watch the Video
Dr. Mehmet Oz

“With TM, we see dramatic shifts in cardiovascular health: almost 50% reductions in atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and even death rates.”
—TV medical host Dr. Mehmet Oz

Ray Dalio

“TM gives you the centeredness and creativity to succeed when everything is coming at you. It was all I had when I first started out.”
—Hedge fund CIO Ray Dalio

George Stephanopoulos

“TM is not only life-changing, but truly life-saving. I feel humbled when I hear the stories of those touched by this program.”
—ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos

David Lynch

“TM is a little golden key to an enormous treasury within. When you start TM, life just gets better and better.”
—Filmmaker David Lynch

GOOD MORNING AMERICA PROFILES DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION Jerry Seinfeld, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Roth Watch the video

ABC's top-rated morning talk show, Good Morning America, profiled the work of the David Lynch Foundation with veterans and at-risk students during a segment on December 13 (the morning of the jazz gala), which was hosted by George Stephanopoulos. George interviewed comedian Jerry Seinfeld and DLF executive director Bob Roth.

The following video of the profile is only a few minutes—so we encourage you to watch it. It is very inspiring—and also very funny!

CHARITY BUZZ ONLINE AUCTION BENEFITTING THE FOUNDATION New York Yankees, The Daily Show with John Stewart, Stella McCartney Fashion Show

The David Lynch Foundation is proud to partner with for an online auction featuring incredible experiences, such as tickets to The Daily Show with John Stewart and a special backstage tour; rare passes to the 2013 Stella McCartney Fashion Show in Paris; and for New York Yankee fans, 4 VIP tickets to a New York Yankees home game with a pre-game dugout visit for your kids.

Bid now at WWW.CHARITYBUZZ.COM/DLF because the auction closes January 8.

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