MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Valhalla's Bill Currie recently received a special honor from the Rachel Cooper Foundation.
Currie was honored for "his life-time service to children with damaged hearts," according to a press release. Currie is a board member of the Gift of Life. The group raises funds to bring children to the U.S. for life-saving surgeries at Montefiore Hospital and Westchester Medical Center, according to the release.
"For the past 22 years, the Rachel Cooper Foundation has taken over 20,000 disabled and underprivileged children to the Big Apple Circus in New York City," representatives said in the release. "While doing so, it raises enough money for over 850 pediatric surgeries. It brings l,000 disabled children to the Big Apple Circus for a day of fun and laughter. Each year there is an honoree; this year the Gift of Life Board Member [Executive Vice President] Bill Currie, who has made the goals of Gift of Life, International his own personal goals, is a perfect choice."
Currie volunteered to screen children overseas during his years with Gift of Life, according to the release.
"He was on his way to Iraq but had to make a detour to Jordan. Nothing seemed too daunting to Bill Currie," representatives said in the release. "Bill Currie has always given his all to this cause; moreover he is incredibly modest about his contribution of time and energy."