HealthCorps’ #THRIVINGTOGETHER Virtual Benefit Raises Over $500,000 to Support Program in Hard Hit Communities

Posted 05/27/2020 | By HealthCorps

Special Guests Included Dr. Mehmet Oz, Tony Robbins, Rocco DiSpirito, Guy Fieri, Bob Harper, Bret Michaels, Daphne Oz, Stepp Stewart, Candice Kumai & Broadway’s Ryan Vasquez

New York – May 26, 2020 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit committed to helping youth in underserved communities, is pleased to announce that the organization raised over $500,000 on Tuesday May 19th during its first-ever virtual benefit.  Hosted by founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz,  #THRIVINGTOGETHER reflected the work HealthCorps has been doing in the hard hit communities it serves.

“Despite a global pandemic, the HealthCorps family was able to come together and THRIVE in the name of serving our youth and their communities. A big thank you to the evening’s sponsors and special guests. I am proud we were able to create a program of reflection, celebration, support and call to action. We look forward to continuing our tireless work of supporting vulnerable youth with funds raised from this virtual benefit,” said Amy Braun, CEO and President of HealthCorps.

Nearly 200,000 teens and their families have received access to physical and mental health resources that help boost immunity and combat the anxiety and isolation caused by this pandemic. When schools became food distribution points for families in need – HealthCorps jumped in to help collect, coordinate, and disseminate meals – delivering over 62,000 meals and counting to students and their families.

The virtual event featured the work of HealthCorps, along with the CVS Health Foundation and Bob Harper, Trainer & Host, The Bigger Loser for their contributions towards the well-being of America’s youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Oxnard Union High School District, which is a leader in food distribution to their community’s families in need. HealthCorps is a partner in the school district’s food distribution program.

Dr. Oz served as host for the program which included appearances by Rocco DiSpirito, Guy Fieri, Candice Kumai, Bret Michaels, Daphne Oz, Tony Robbins, Stepp Stewart and Broadway’s Ryan Vasquez. The evening concluded with an interactive conversation hosted by Dr. Oz.  Donations received will allow HealthCorps to continue its necessary work in the high need communities it serves.

Event Sponsors include: USANA Health Sciences, Inc., Wentz Family Foundation, CVS Health Foundation, The Lemole Family, Oz Family Foundation, Spring Hills Senior Communities, Andrew Farkas & Island Capital Group, BrainTap Technologies, Chili, Samuel J. & Connie M. Frankino Charitable Foundation, Douglas Wu, Duty Free Americas & Falic Family Foundation, MagnaWave, and Irvin & Marilyn Schorsch.

If you missed the event on Tuesday, you can watch it here or on social media with hashtags: #THRIVINGTOGETHER #THRIVEWITHHC

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization committed to helping America’s youth in underserved communities live longer, stronger and healthier lives. Grounded in the understanding that poor health habits develop early in life leading to a lifetime of social, emotional and physical challenges, HealthCorps is determined to change the culture of health and wellness in our most vulnerable communities to give future generations the best chance at long and healthy lives.

Since our founding in 2003, HealthCorps has impacted 2.5 million teens, families and community members across 23 states in 340 schools.

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