The gala, which raised over $2 million for the paralysis charity, also marked the first public appearance of Reeve's widow Dana since she was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.
Wearing a wig to hide the ravages of chemotherapy, Dana Reeve joked that she could feel her late husband's presence at the event: "He's saying go forward and he's also saying I look great."
She added, "I'm feeling great, surprisingly. I was married to a man who never gave up. He really lives with me in this."
The highlight of the night came when movie veteran Paul Newman handed over a personal check to Dana Reeve for $100,000.
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