Harboring Hearts Holds 6th Annual Benefit Gala

Harboring Hearts held its 6th Annual Benefit Gala on November 6.  Anthony Rapp was the featured performer where he sang two of his favorite songs – Happiness from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Another Day from RENT.  New York Times Bestselling Author and two-time heart transplant survivor Amy Silverstein served as Master of Ceremony.

The gala honors outstanding individuals for their contributions in cardiac care and all proceeds benefit the vital programming provided by the organization.

Sam Vartholomeos, Dr. Erica C. Jones, Director, HeartHealth Program Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging at NYP/ Weill Cornell Medicine, Anthony Rapp, Jessica Karp, co-founder of Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, Dr. Paolo C. Colombo, Sudhir Choudhrie Associate Professor of Cardiology Medical Director, Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, Helen Irving, President & CEO, LiveOnNY and Jordan Brown, co-founder of Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate
Anthony Rapp and Harboring Hearts Founder Michelle Javian

“Harboring Hearts has steadily grown since our inception in 2009. This year, we are thrilled to launch our Heart Food program with Hu Kitchen, to partner with LiveOnNY around organ donor awareness and to work closely with our partner hospitals to take Harboring Hearts to the next level of growth – To provide support to every heart surgery family in New York City and beyond,” said Michelle Javian, Founder of Harboring Hearts.

Honorees included Dr. Erica C. Jones, Director, HeartHealth Program Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging at NYP/ Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Paolo C. Colombo, Sudhir Choudhrie Associate Professor of Cardiology Medical Director, Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, Jessica Karp & Jordan Brown, Co-founders Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, and Helen Irving, President & CEO, LiveOnNY.

Harboring Hearts Executive Director Missy Rahman, Anthony Rapp and Michelle Javian
Anthony Rapp and Amy Silverstein
Star Trek: Discovery cast mate Sam Vartholomeos and Anthony Rapp

The 6th Annual Benefit Gala treated guests to a cocktail reception filled with live music, food and cocktails. Hästens is standing in sponsorship support of Harboring Hearts and bringing the message of health and wellness into the conversation by offering a Model 2000T that will be the highlighted item for the Benefit Live Auction.

The event was presented with the support of sponsors such as Canyon Ranch, The Omega Institute, Ray Ban, The Whitney, Dance With Me USA and Equinox.

Anthony Rapp, heart transplant survivor John Velarde and wife
Dr. Erica C. Jones, Director, HeartHealth Program Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging at NYP/ Weill Cornell Medicine, Anthony Rapp, Jessica Karp, co-founder of Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, Dr. Paolo C. Colombo, Sudhir Choudhrie Associate Professor of Cardiology Medical Director, Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, Helen Irving, President & CEO, LiveOnNY and Jordan Brown, co-founder of Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate

Since its founding in 2009, Harboring Hearts has provided funding, affordable housing and community programs to patients and families directly impacted by heart surgery.  Serving as an extension of the healthcare continuum, Harboring Hearts is a major resource to family (caregivers) traveling to NYC area to attend to the needs associated with major cardiac care.

To date, the organization has helped cover more than $700,000 in services and provided programming for more than 4000 patients and caregivers.

For more information about Harboring Hearts and to purchase tickets please visit www.harboringhearts.org.

Photos by Andrew Werner / AndrewWernerPhotography.com

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