Rachael Ray to be honored at the HealthCorps’® 10th Annual Gala

Posted 04/20/2016 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release:


Jason Feinberg                                                                                                                       Karen Johnson

Director of Communications                                                                Chief Communications Officer

Jason.feinberg@heatlhcorps.org                                                   karen.johnson@healthcorps.org


Rachael Ray

Television Personality, Best-Selling Author and Philanthropist

to be honored at the HealthCorps’® 10th Annual Gala


Evening Co-Hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz, founders


Featuring Performances by Ben Vereen, Stepp Stewart and Eturnity Band


New York April 20, 2016 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), HealthCorps®, a leader in the nationwide movement of healthy young people, will honor television personality, best-selling author and philanthropist Rachael Ray; YouTube sensation Eva Gutkowski aka MyLifeAsEva; Anthem Blue Cross Western President Pamela Kehaly; and Omron Healthcare, Inc. represented by President & CEO Ranndy Kellogg with the organization’s Golden Heart Honors.

Additionally, ASTEC Charter School founder Dr. Freda Deskin; Sharpstown High School Principal Robert Gasperello, will be awarded the Yvette and Joel Mallah Crystal Heart Apple Community Service Awards for contributions to the health and well-being of American youth at their 10th Annual Gala on Tuesday, May 10, at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers.


The “Perennial Garden Gala” will raise funds for HealthCorps to continue its fight against childhood obesity and expand its groundbreaking in-school health education programming. HealthCorps co-founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz will co-host the Gala.


The event will include performances from Ben Vereen, Eturnity Band and Broadway’s Stepp Stewart.


The “Garden Gala” will raise funds for HealthCorps to continue its steadfast mission of educating youth about the dangers of childhood obesity and how to both overcome and prevent this deadly epidemic with physical fitness, nutrition and mental resilience education. Funding from this event will go directly to the continued expansion of HealthCorps’ groundbreaking, in-school Health Education programming, including the highly successful HealthCorps University, the organization’s professional development program that bring its curriculum to virtually any school or community in the United States.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the four-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa Oz will co-host the Gala. The couple co-founded HealthCorps over a decade ago to engage and encourage youth to become catalysts for simple lifestyle changes that enhance not only their own health, but influence the health of their families and friends as well. The evening will applaud the unwavering and tireless work of honorees Rachael Ray, Omron Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross President Pamela Kehaly, YouTube Star Eva Gutowski, Dr. Freda Deskin and Sharpstown High School Principal Robert Gasparello. HealthCorps supporters expected to attend include opinion leaders in health and wellness, celebrities, and acclaimed chefs.

Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to continue to fund current programs as well as further implement the HealthCorps curriculum at new high schools through Living Labs and HealthCorps University.

HealthCorps national sponsors include: USANA Health Sciences Inc., The California Endowment, and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Other significant sponsors include: Continental Resources, the New Jersey Department of Health, Desert Healthcare District, the California Walnut Board, The Tibor and Sheila Hollo Foundation, Power Crunch, Omron Healthcare, and many others.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps® is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award- winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.

For more information, please visit us at www.healthcorps.org and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.


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