HealthCorps® To Celebrate 12th Annual Gala Honoring Elvis Duran and Daniel Lubetzky
Co-Founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Ozto Co-Host Event at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC on April 23 with music and dancing by DJ Donna D’Cruz and Eturnity Band
(NEW YORK, NY) –April 10, 2018 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit that builds resilience in America’s youth through innovative health and wellness education, will honor American radio personality Elvis Duran and Founder & CEO of KIND Bar Daniel Lubetzky for their contributions towards the health and well-being of America’s youth during the organization’s 12thAnnual Gala on Monday, April 23.
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 strengthening communities by highlighting innovative approaches to health and wellness to build resilience in America’s youth.
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 and 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, friends and communities as well. The evening will applaud the unwavering and tireless work of honorees Elvis Duran and Daniel Lubetzky.
HealthCorps will also recognize the Yvette and Joel Mallah Crystal Heart Apple Award recipients: Partners for Education at Berea College, University Heights High School, and Sahaja Meditation who demonstrate the passion of our mission, take our message beyond the school walls, and work diligently to ensure more Americans learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.
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. “HealthCorps has given students the opportunity to speak out regarding their own health and wellness. We are investing in our teens to harvest their passion and energize a generation.” 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 strengthens communities and we are proud to honor those who help us accomplish that.”
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 the Eturnity Band and DJ Donna D’Cruz. Featured reception performances include Eric Lerner Magic and music from the new musical “Goldstein.” 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.
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 Berea College
HealthCorps and Berea College announced their partnership in 2015 to help bring health and wellness education to the Appalachian region. In March 2016, HealthCorps and Berea College 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.
About HealthCorps and Sahaja Meditation
Sahaja Meditation’s collaboration with HealthCorps began in the spring of 2008 during a community health fair at George Washington Educational Campus where they were an exhibitor. HealthCorps invited Sahaja Meditation to present their technique during the summer training for new Coordinators to assist with the mental resilience pillar of the core curriculum. As HealthCorps expanded to other cities and states, Sahaja Meditation equally expanded their teacher base throughout the country so that now any HealthCorps school has access to sessions for their student population.
Sahaja Meditation is a fully volunteer based organization and is not compensated in any way. Learn more about Sahaja Meditation at www.sahajameditation.com
About HealthCorps and University Heights High School
Located in Bronx, NY, University Heights High School welcomed HealthCorps in 2007 as part of a New York City grant to promote health and wellness. As one of the earliest schools in HealthCorps program, University Heights provided a key location with a supportive staff to help develop the curriculum while actively participating in the research projects. Because of their strong commitment to health and wellness, University Heights High School was named a “legacy school” hosting HealthCorps Coordinators for eight years. Beginning in September 2017, University Heights High School became self-sustainable as part of HealthCorps University.
University Heights participation in HealthCorps University is funded through the Gala fundraiser. To learn more about University Heights go to www.universityheightshighschool.org