Marlee Matlin was Chair of the first “Break Through Awards Gala” hosted by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The event took place at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in California on March 13th. The Gala was sponsored by Google and Comcast NBC Universal. Henry & Stacey Winkler were co-chairs.
Dr. Bragg was among six recipients of the first ‘Breakthrough’ Awards. The NAD describes “Bernard Bragg, world renowned deaf theater artist and co-founder of the National Theater of the Deaf, for all that he has done in his own performances and also to develop and bring to the world highly trained deaf actors. David Kurs, director of the Deaf West Theater, presented him with the Legacy Breakthrough Award.”
“Until Bernard, the deaf community did not have a face,” DJ Kurs said.