HealthCorps® Announces 7th Annual Gala to Address Childhood Obesity Crisis

Posted 04/03/2013 | By HealthCorps


Karen Johnson, Chief Communications
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Rachel Tennenbaum, Communications Manager
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HealthCorps® Announces 7th Annual Gala to Address Childhood Obesity Crisis

Honorees Harold Hamm and Marlo Thomas

Chairman and Co-Founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz

New York, NY – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org) will honor two leaders in their fields who are making significant contributions to the health and well-being of American youth at their 7th Annual Gala, the Grassroots Garden Gala, on Wednesday, April 17, at Gotham Hall in New York City. The event will raise funds for HealthCorps, an organization leading a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned heart surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa Oz will co-host the Gala that will celebrate the work of Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources and founder of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and Marlo Thomas, actress, producer and social activist.

Dr. and Mrs. Oz co-founded HealthCorps ten years ago to engage youth as the catalysts for simple lifestyle changes that will enhance their health and the health of their families.

Among HealthCorps supporters invited to attend are: Actor Ben Vereen, Talk Show Host Montel Williams, Author and Host of The Chew Daphne Oz, Chef and Author Rocco DiSpirito, News Anchor Gayle King, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and Wilhelmina Model/Actor Adam Senn, among others.

“Lisa and I are delighted that HealthCorps is honoring Harold Hamm and Marlo Thomas,” said Dr. Oz, HealthCorps co-founder. “They have both impacted the health of so many through their efforts. The evening also demonstrates how our patrons, Coordinators, and strategic partners are helping HealthCorps to Shape a New Generation.”

Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President, said, “This night is a celebration of HealthCorps’ growth and accomplishments, as well as a time to lay out our goals for the future. We look forward to championing the work of Mr. Hamm and Ms. Thomas as well as showcasing HealthCorps’ programming over the past year, and informing our supporters about what lies ahead.”

The Gala will kick off with a Red Carpet “step and repeat” and a cocktail “health fair” hour, featuring booths where strategic partners and Coordinators highlight HealthCorps’ curriculum. The main event will include a seated black tie dinner, accompanied by an online and live auction as well as acceptance speeches by the honorees. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://healthcorps.org/gala.

“The Grassroots Garden” guests will also be treated to special live musical performances by Grammy-winning Hip Hop artists Naughty by Nature, Jermaine Paul (winner of The Voice Season 2) and Stepp Stewart with a custom Broadway style performance. Guests will also be invited to dance to the music of the Eturnity Band.

Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to establish HealthCorps’ curriculum in additional high schools through its coordinator program and “HealthCorps University,” HealthCorps’ newest “train-the-trainer” initiative. By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.

HealthCorps national sponsors include: USANA Health Sciences Inc., Continental Resources, The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, The California Endowment and Evamor Artesian Water “Official Water Sponsor of HealthCorps.” Other significant sponsors include: the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, the California Department of Public Health, 4point4 Foundation, Desert Healthcare District, the VEMMA Nutrition Company, the California Walnut Board, the Dalio Foundation, Kashi, Florida East Coast Realty, sanofi US, Inspirato, and many others. Our wine and spirits are provided by MHW Ltd.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Oz, the two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa, is building a movement to fight childhood obesity by getting to the underbelly of the crisis and helping Americans discover what they are really hungry for and why.

HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers.

HealthCorps also serves as a unique research laboratory — exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time.

The program network currently spans 66 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

In the fall of 2012, we introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school.


About Harold Hamm

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Harold Hamm was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers who never owned land. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a one-man, one-pump-truck operation into an NYSE-traded, Top 10 producer of petroleum liquids in the United States. And as a voice for America’s oil and natural gas industry, he’s on a mission to help make America energy independent within the next decade.

In addition to his role as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources, Mr. Hamm is Chairman of the Board of Hiland Holdings. He also co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to preserve the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenues generated by onshore drilling and production activities within the United States. He is past Chairman and presently a member of the board of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and served as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.  He was President of the National Stripper Well Association and Founder and Chairman of Save Domestic Oil Inc., a trade group that successfully fought OPEC in its efforts to put American oil and gas producers out of business.

A national leader in promoting health, education and energy industry advocacy, Mr. Hamm has devoted much time and resources to championing a healthy and secure future for all Americans. With the goal of finding a cure for diabetes, he has donated more than $30 million to establish the world-renowned Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is at the forefront of diabetes research – inspiring progress toward a cure, education of health care professionals and families, optimal care for those living with diabetes, and effective prevention strategies.  To further spark the minds of the world’s brightest scientists, he established the Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, a $250,000 biennial award celebrating the scientific achievements of an outstanding researcher, team of researchers, or research institution.

In addition to eradicating diabetes, Mr. Hamm is dedicated to preparing the next generation of energy industry leaders. In 2012, he helped establish the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He has also funded numerous education initiatives across the nation, including college scholarships, classroom technology, and school capital campaigns.

In 2011, Mr. Hamm joined Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet in signing The Giving Pledge, committing to give away the majority of his wealth during his lifetime. Forbes Magazine has ranked Mr. Hamm No. 35 on “The Forbes 400” list of the richest people in America and No. 90 out of 1,426 on its list of “The World’s Billionaires.”

Mr. Hamm has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions. In 2012, he was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for his creation of thousands of jobs in the oil industry and continuous support of education and diabetes research. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2011, named the International Energy Policy Conference “Energy Advocate of the Year” in 2009, and named the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007.


About Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to have an impact on American entertainment and culture. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the Peabody, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 2010, she launched her own website, MarloThomas.com, in partnership with AOL and The Huffington Post.

Ms. Thomas burst onto the scene in television’s That Girl, which broke new ground for independent women everywhere, and which she also conceived and produced. Her pioneering spirit continued with her creation of Free to Be…You and Me, a project that became a platinum album, best-selling book, Emmy Award-winning television special and a stage show. Throughout it all, she has remained a constant presence on television (most recently, The New Normal) and in theatre, including her critically acclaimed performance on Broadway in Elaine May’s 2012 comedy-drama, Relatively Speaking.

Her six bestselling books include Free to Be You and Me, Free to Be a Family, The Right Words at the Right Time (Volumes 1 and 2), Thanks and Giving: All Year Long (which became a Grammy-winning CD) and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. She has been honored for her activism with the Helen Caldicott Award for Nuclear Disarmament, the ACLU’s Thomas Paine Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Satellite Award, the William Kunstler Racial Justice Award, The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, The Jefferson Award for Public Service, The American Cancer Society Humanitarian Award, and the Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award.

Marlo’s continuing social conscience led her in 2011, to launch a bullying prevention campaign on her website and helped spearhead a nationwide anti-bullying initiative in partnership with, among others, the Ad Council, AOL, Facebook, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Ms. Thomas is the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas, in 1962. Her tireless efforts and ingenuity are behind countless fundraising and awareness campaigns designed to educate the public about the pioneering and life-saving work being done every day at St. Jude — work that impacts the lives of children in communities across America. Her tireless efforts and ingenuity led her to create the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign in 2004, a national fundraising effort that encourages shoppers to “Give thanks for the healthy children in your life and give to those who are not,” for which she received the CLIO Healthcare Award in recognition of the Thanks and Giving campaign and her commitment to raising funds and awareness for pediatric diseases.

Ms. Thomas lives in New York with her husband, Phil Donahue.


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