HealthCorps’ To Celebrate 9th Annual Gala
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Karen Johnson, Chief Communications Officer
Cheryl Crowley, Gala Press
HealthCorps’® To Celebrate 9th Annual Gala Honoring Montel Williams, the CK-12 Foundation, and The Chickasaw Nation With Special Performances by Doug E. Fresh, Kat DeLuna and The Sugarhill Gang
Co-Founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz To Co-Host Event at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC on April 29
New York – April 9, 2015 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), the leader in the nationwide movement to educate youth about physical fitness, nutrition and mental resilience, will honor Montel Williams, the CK-12 Foundation, and the Chickasaw Nation for their contributions toward the health and well-being of America’s youth during the organization’s 9th Annual Gala on Wednesday, April 29.
The “Perennial Garden Gala” held this year at Cipriani Wall Street in New York 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 three-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 Montel Williams, the CK-12 Foundation, and the Chickasaw Nation.
HealthCorps supporters expected to attend include opinion leaders in health and wellness, celebrities, athletes and acclaimed chefs.
“Lisa and I are so proud of HealthCorps’ impact on America’s youth and the nationwide obesity epidemic over the past decade,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “This year we are recognizing Montel Williams, the CK-12 Foundation and the Chickasaw Nation for their impressive and resolute dedication to the physical strength and mental resilience of past, present and future generations of America’s youth. We look forward to another stellar event so we can further grow HealthCorps’ in-school programs, expand our reach into new communities and to continue to win the fight against childhood obesity.”
Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President, said, “The Gala 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 our honorees, announcing new partnerships and showcasing HealthCorps’ programming over the past year. Every day the work we do touches lives and changes lives, and the Gala honors that work and those that do it.”
The Gala’s unique, “health fair” cocktail hour will feature booths with delicious food, supportive partners and even HealthCorps Coordinators to explain and highlight the HealthCorps curriculum. The main event will include a seated black tie dinner, accompanied by an online auction, as well as acceptance speeches by the honorees and performances by Broadway performer Stepp Stewart, hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, singer Kat DeLuna, and hip hop group The Sugarhill Gang. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://gala.healthcorps.org.
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, Florida East Coast Realty, Power Crunch, Omron Healthcare, and many others. Wine and spirits are provided by MHW Ltd., including Punzoné Vodka.
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.
Today, the program network spans 55 schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately, HealthCorps’ goal is to extend the reach of its program to an ever-wider network of American communities. To that end, in 2012 we introduced HealthCorps University, a train the trainer professional development program that makes available the HealthCorps principles and curriculum to virtually any school, community or organization.
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