I just attended a remarkable gala in New York City. In this video, we’re standing on a blue carpet rather than a red one, because it was a Samsung Corporation event, called Hope for Children. Their corporation is concerned about the future of our kids. They do a great deal of work in communities around the U.S. Like me, Samsung's managers are especially concerned about the future of our young scientists, because like so many corporations, they need young engineers in the pipeline to keep their business going. They recruited me to attend, as these days, I’m considered a celebrity, a designation that still throws me off a little.
There were several moving moments at the gala. Eric Lagrand, the Rutgers University football player, who suffered a catastrophic neck injury that left him largely paralyzed, showed us all that he is slowly steadily coming back. We were introduced to a great many kids, who have benefited from Samsung’s corporate citizenship. I was with Jessica Banks, a physicist who specializes in robotics. Along with her business in product design, she works to advance girls and women in science and engineering. It was quite a night. Boomer Esiason threw autographed footballs to anyone who pledged to the Hope for Children cause. By the way, Samsung donated $10,000 to the Planetary Society, because they believe in what we’re doing to advance space science and exploration. The night ended with a fantastic performance by none other than Carrie Underwood. Wow, she rocked the house. The event was great for kids in the U.S., for me, and for our Society. We will use this money to advance our mission. Let’s change the world.