A Savory Night to Remember

Posted 04/16/2014 | By HealthCorps

What do you get when you have one of the most internationally famous doctors, his gorgeous and media savvy wife, one of the most beautiful and funny celebrity with-a-cause Hollywood actresses, a world recognized feminist and activist, The California Endowment and hundreds of influencers from media, business, finance, professional athletics, health and politics, with a couple of New Jersey Housewives thrown in for good measure?  You get the eighth annual HealthCorps Gala.  This year the Savory Garden Gala, held at the magical and world-renowned Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City raised $2.6M dollars to fight the child obesity crisis and expand the organization’s groundbreaking in-school health education programming. HealthCorps founders Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz co-hosted the star-studded event at the Waldorf Astoria this past Wednesday evening.  The black tie event promised guests a full evening of dining, dancing and entertainment, and it did not disappoint.

The 2014 honorees included: Ms. Goldie Hawn, Academy Award Winning Actress, Author & Founder, The Hawn Foundation, Ms. Gloria Steinem, Feminist Writer and Activist, and The California Endowment.  Guests included Chef Rocco DiSpirito, Candice Kumai, George Duran, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda, as well as notables including Harold Hamm, Tibor Hollo, Kathlyn Mead from the California Endowment, Mark Moreno from MD Anderson, Eric and Meghan Sherman from Veria Living, Michele Paige from Emblem Health, Dennis Balint from the California Walnut Board, Dave and Renee Wentz from USANA, Paul Scialla Founder and CEO Delos Living, Miss New York City Kira Kazantsev and so many more.  Press coverage on the red carpet included Access Hollywood, Fox 5 local news, Veria Living, US Weekly, Waiting Room magazine, 201 magazine.

The cocktail hour showcased companies including Hills of Africa, Yoga across America, Somadome, California Walnuts, 4.4, Delos Living, and Sahaja Meditation.  Yummy, healthy treats were provided by Chef Candice Kumai, Chef George Duran and Jorge Pineda and guests schmoozed while photos were taken with Dr. and Lisa Oz in the VIP area.

The dinner hour offered smashing dance and song by Stepp Stewart and the “Savory Dancers,” with a bring-down-the house musical arrangement by C + C Music Factory.  Special musical guest Judy Torres, gleaming and gorgeous, broke out the moves and rocked the house.  Coordinator Amy Barras brought a quiet moment to the night, as she emotionally introduced The Heart of the Matter.  The awards were given out to the honorees and to two recipients of the Crystal Apple Awards.  There was also furious texting as this year’s Gala introduced the text for pledge program, allowing attendees to immediately pledge donations in real time.  One “anonymous donor” pledged $50,000, enough to cover the placement of a coordinator at a high school for two years.

The big surprise of the night – HealthCorps and The Hawn Foundation announced a new partnership to bring first class mental resiliency, nutrition and fitness education to America’s youth.  This partnership of HealthCorps and The Hawn’s Foundation MindUP program will further the reach and influence for a healthier generation, giving teens across America access to greater health and wellness education, improving mental, physical and emotional health overall.

“Partnering with Goldie’s MindUP™ program is a watershed moment for HealthCorps in our quest to inspire America’s youth to embrace a healthier future,” said Dr. Oz, co-founder. “We hope others will join us to bring the best-of-the-best in mental, nutritional and physical fitness curricula to students across the country and empower them to change their lives and the lives of those around them.”

“The key ingredients for a happy and healthy life are found in the balance of both mental and physical wellbeing,” said Ms. Hawn. “And that is exactly what this collaboration with Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps organization hopes to provide teenagers. When children learn about their brain, such as the physical impact of deep breathing on stress and the positive effects of mindful awareness training, positive psychology, nutrition and exercise – they are better able to self-regulate effectively and thrive.”

After the awards ceremonies guests danced and partied the night away, leaving with a gift bag filled with select gift items from companies including Power Crunch, Hills of Africa, California Walnuts, Poofy Organics, The Good Bean, Good Life magazine, Better Body Foods, Vemma, USANA, Fruit Bliss, and Jahnavi Sankhla, author of Yoga of Eating Great and Losing Weight.

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Special Mentions of Supporters of the Gala:


Continental Resources, Inc.
New York City Council and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
The California Endowment
The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center
USANA Health Sciences


4Point4 Foundation
California Walnut Board
Desert Healthcare District


Chickasaw Nation
Dalio Foundation
New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services
Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Vemma Nutrition Company


Forest City Ratner
Sanofi U.S.
Tibor and Sheila Hollo Foundation/Florida East Coast Realty

Coordinator & Curriculum Sponsors

Anthony E. Meyer Family Foundation
Christy and John Mack Foundation
Frankino Foundation
Sol Goldmn Charitable Trust
Yvette & Joel Mallah Family Foundation

Special Thanks to:

USANA Health Sciences

Invitation printing courtesy of Pixel Print
Gala Décor courtesy of Rachel Cho
Awards Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
Dinner Provided by Waldorf Astoria
Floral Design Provided by Irys, Teresa Ferrando Klient, Rachel Cho Floral Design

CA Walnut Board • Candle 79
Chef George Duran • Chef Candice Kumai • Chef Jorge Pineda
Family Cook Productions • MHW Ltd • Natural Gourmet Institute
Punzone Vodka • Red Apple Companies • Sahaja Meditation
Somadome • Toufayan Bakery • Veggiecation
Vemma Nutrition • Yoga Across America

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