Partners for Education at Berea College to be honored at HealthCorps’® 12th Annual Gala

Posted 04/20/2018 | By HealthCorps

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

(NEW YORK, NY)April 12, 2018– HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit that builds resilience in America’s youth through innovative health and wellness education, will honor Partners for Education at Berea College with the Joel Mallah Crystal Heart Apple Award,for their contributions toward the health and well-being of America’s youth during the organization’s 12thAnnual Gala on Monday, April 23.  Partners for Education at Berea College is being honored for its commitment to bringing health and wellness education to high-needs areas in Eastern Kentucky.  Dreama Gentry, Executive Director, Partners for Education at Berea College will accept the award on behalf of the college and the organization.

“I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of Berea College,” said Gentry. “Our partnership with HealthCorps’® has been instrumental in providing the education and resources our youth need to make choices that will enhance their well-being and, ultimately, improve their ability to achieve educational success.”

Additional honorees will include American radio personality Elvis Duran, Daniel Lubetzky, University Heights High School, and Sahaja Meditation.

The “Garden Follies Gala” held this year at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York will raise funds for HealthCorps to continue its steadfast mission of giving young people short and long-term lifesaving skills so they and their families can live longer, more productive and happier lives. The HealthCorps curriculum includes skills in fitness, nutrition and mental resilience as well as immediate life-saving skills such as diabetes prevention, CPR and organ donation education. Funding from this event will support the continued expansion of HealthCorps’ groundbreaking, in-school Health Education programming – also referred to as the “Living Lab” and its HealthCorps University, professional development training program that bring its curriculum to virtually any school or community in the United States.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and the seven-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife, author 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 including Partners for Education at Berea College.

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 over the past decade,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “This year we are recognizing Partners for Education at Berea College among others, 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.”

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 saves lives and we are happy to honor those who help us accomplish that.”

HealthCorps supporters expected to attend include opinion leaders in health and wellness, celebrities, athletes and acclaimed chefs.

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. At the cocktail hour, HealthCorps’ inaugural limited edition cookbook, Healthy Bites & Tasty Delights: Teen Inspired Recipes and Videos, written by HealthCorps Ambassador Delphine Remy, will be for sale. The cookbook will be available digitally to all HealthCorps students and will include 40+ recipes and instructional videos. The recipes featured in the book have been sourced from HealthCorps Cooking Clubs that have occurred in HealthCorps Living Labs schools.


The main event will include a seated black tie dinner, accompanied by an online auction, acceptance speeches by the honorees, and music and dancing by DJ Donna D’Cruz and the Eturnity Band. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://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.

Event Sponsors include: Champion Sponsors Lemole Family Charitable Trust and Wentz Family & Friends; Advocate Sponsors Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Charitable Foundation and Anonymous. The Festival of Health Reception is sponsored by BrainTap Technology, Wholetones and ZYTO Corp.  In-Kind Sponsors include NiNi Hale Jewelry, Le Bilboquet Café, Rose Hill, and Ample Hills Creamery. Décor compliments of Rachel Cho Flowers with support from Fleurs du Mois, Flowers in the Park, Ilienne Florals, and Langdon of Tribeca.

HealthCorps Program Partners: National / Mission Partners Ascensia Diabetes Care US, Inc., Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.; Dalio Foundation, The Choudhrie Family Foundation, USANA Health Sciences. Regional and School Partners A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, Anthem Foundation, Continental Resources, Forest City Ratner, Harris County Health District, Inland Empire Health Plan, New Jersey Department of Health, Northeast Ohio Wellness Fund, Omron Healthcare Inc., Partners for Education at Berea College, Randall Lewis / Lewis Management Corp., Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation, San Bernardino County Dept. of Public Health & Development Agency, San Gorgonio High School, The California Endowment, The California Walnut Board, The Chickasaw Nation, and Upland High School.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, devoted to strengthening communities by highlighting innovative approaches to health and wellness to build resilience in America’s youth.

Since our inception in 2003, we have continued to discover and share tools relevant to youth in the context of a dramatically changing educational, social, political, and media landscape discovered through our work and research in many of America’s most challenging high schools.

About HealthCorps and Partners for Education at Berea College

In December 2016, Partners for Education at Berea College was awarded a $6 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The programs supported by the grant service more than 10,000 students in Knox County. It is the second Promise Neighborhood grant that Partners has received. In 2012, Partners for Education was awarded a $30 million grant for its cradle-to-career initiative in Clay, Jackson and Owsley Counties. At the time, Partners for Education was the first Promise Neighborhood grantee in rural America.

HealthCorps and Partners for Education announced their partnership in 2015 to help bring health and wellness education to the Appalachian region. In March 2016, HealthCorps and Partners for Education held a two-day training for teachers and support personal across Jackson, Knox, Leslie and Madison counties on optimizing student success while infusing the three pillars of the HealthCorps curriculum: nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.

The HealthCorps programs in Knox County are paid for by funds from the Federal Promise Neighborhood and Anthem Foundation.

To learn more about the Partners for Education and the Knox Promise Neighborhood, visit www.berea.edu/pfe.  To learn more about HealthCorps, visit www.healthcorps.org

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