Bruce Willis talks about his stuttering at 2016 AIS Gala

  June 6, 2016 – Our 10th anniversary gala was held at the Lighthouse at the Chelsea Piers, and we had the distinct privilege of honoring Bruce Willis. Mr. Willis was introduced by his wife Emma Heming-Willis, and his Freeing Voices, Changing Lives award was presented by two amazing kids who stutter, Oliver and Sammy. [...]

Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at 2016 AIS Gala

June 6, 2016 – Our 10th anniversary gala was held at the Lighthouse at the Chelsea Piers, and we had the distinct privilege of honoring both Aaron Graff and Bruce Willis. As the dinner was nearing completion, Clarence Page introduced a very special surprise guest, Vice President Joe Biden, prior AIS 2008 honoree. He took the stage [...]

Get excited for June 6th!

We are excited to announce that Bruce Willis will be the Honoree at our 10th Annual Benefit Gala on June 6th, 2016. He will accept our Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award in person. A sell-out crowd is anticipated that will include guests from the entertainment industry, business world, sports, politics and the arts. Tickets are available [...]

AIS Honoree Ed Sheeran 2015 Gala Speech

We are sincerely grateful for Ed Sheeran's presence at our 9th annual gala on Monday, June 8th. His willingness to share his experiences, beliefs surrounding his stuttering, and advice to fellow members of the stuttering community is hugely appreciated. After the flood of press that has come out following the evening, its clear that media [...]

AIS getting a lot of press after a successful gala

  Our 9th annual Freeing Voices Changing Lives benefit gala was a truly unforgettable event. But don't take our word for it! Check out what the press is saying about Ed Sheeran, Emily Blunt, and AIS. Editorials Entertainment Weekly wrote about Ed Sheeran's advice to embrace your quirks People Magazine questions the possibility that Ed [...]

Juan speaks at the 7th annual benefit gala

At this year's Freeing Voices, Changing Lives benefit gala, Juan talked about his participation in a weekly kids' therapy group and the benefits of coming to a place where people understand what stuttering is like. He set the audience into thunderous laughter when he said, humorously, "I'm thankful to be a speaker at the gala [...]

Sander Flaum honored by the American Institute for Stuttering at our 7th Annual Benefit Gala

On June 3rd, 2013, the American Institute for Stuttering hosted the 7th annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. We had the privilege of honoring long time board member Sander Flaum. Before presenting the award to Mr. Flaum, Gala Co-Chair and 2008 Honoree Tony Hooper spoke of his friendship with Sander that dates back several [...]

Samuel L. Jackson speaks at the Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala for the American Institute for Stuttering

On June 3, 2013, we had the privilege of honoring Samuel L. Jackson at our 7th Annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. Each year at the gala, we aim to raise money in order to continue providing universally affordable specialized therapy to people who stutter of all ages. Bruce Willis, a surprise guest, presented [...]

Our 2013 gala was an unprecedented success!

On June 3, 2013, we held our 7th annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. We've recently updated our events page with a summary of the gala, and we've also published more than 100 photos for you to view and download. Click on the image below to view and download your favorites. If you are [...]