Update on Our Annual Family Campaign!

Our Annual Family Campaign is one of our favorite events at Harboring Hearts. We know that family is an essential part of every patient’s life and healing, which is why during our Family Campaign 100% of money raised goes directly to helping patients and their families. This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal by over $1,000. Our Family Campaign raised  $26,257! Thank you to all you bought products from our Heart Art Shop. (link to our Heart Art Shop)


For the first time ever as a part of our Family Campaign we have introduced our Heart Art Shop, featuring artwork, created by our heart patients, on everything from mugs to tote bags. Thank you to all of our heart artists and our printer Customimpressions. We appreciate every person who purchased heart art! 


Every campaign we choose a family to highlight. This year, we would like to introduce you to the Mandel family. At the age of 60 Jeff Mandel was told he needed a heart transplant, 27 months later Jeff was admitted to the hospital, alone, during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, one week later Jeff received a transplant. Harboring Hearts was able to help Jeff’s wife, Faith, stay close, so she and Jeff could focus on the most important thing, recovery. Jeff says that “Harboring Hearts helped my family with dwelling so my wife who is in a power wheelchair could stay nearby and visit during my recovery.  Without them I don’t know what we would have done.” Faith shared that “just to have someone hold you for that time, I cannot even put it into words what that means.”


From our Harboring Hearts Family to yours we would like to thank you for all your support!

For Heart Art of your own: https://one.bidpal.net/hhfamily/browse/all


Jeff Green, NBA Player, Meets Two Of Our Heart Patients

In May, Jeff Green, an NBA player with the Brooklyn Nets, surprised two Harboring Hearts heart patients over Zoom. In 2012, Jeff had emergency heart surgery which unexpectedly put his entire basketball career on hold. After recovering from his surgery, Jeff fought his way back to the NBA. Needless to say, Jeff has an inspiring story to share.


                       Jeff Green and his wife, Stephanie



During each surprise meeting, Jeff shared his own heart journey story, gave words of wisdom, and left Javon and Jaslin feeling like they could do anything!


Javon, a 26-year-old who was in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant and an avid Brooklyn Nets fan. From his hospital bed, Javon expressed how much he loves basketball and shared his expectations of Jeff for the NBA Playoffs, which were happening at the time of their meeting. Javon, like Jeff, is a dad, a role that keeps them fighting and focused on getting and staying healthy. A week after his surprise, Javon received his new heart and is now recovering at home. 


Javon and Jeff



Jaslin, an 8-year-old heart surgery patient, smiled ear to ear as soon as Jeff and his wife, Stephanie, popped on the screen. Jaslin drew a picture for Jeff and Stephanie, which she presented them with on the call. Stephanie, the author of Dream, Little Girl, Dream, read Jaslin her story. Towards the end of their meeting, Jeff asked Jaslin who her favorite basketball player was – she said Lebron, Kobe, and Jeff!  


Jaslin, Ana (mom), Jeff, and Stephanie



Thank you to Jeff and Stephanie Green for your compassion and warmth. Your words were inspiring and gave Javon and Jaslin space to reflect on their journeys! Thank you to the NBA and Brooklyn Nets for your support! Check out this link to learn more about Jeff’s heart journey!

Harboring Hearts 2018 Annual Benefit

Check out these articles from Medium and InvitedNYC to take a look inside our 2018 Annual Benefit!



Woman Around Town – My Career Choice: Michelle Javian – Harboring Hearts

Check out this link of Harboring Hearts co-founder, Michelle Javian, talking about how this wonderful organization got started and more!

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Harboring Hearts Fall 2016 Benefit

The Harboring Hearts benefit was a splash with some great celebs and other philanthropists in attendance.

Guests and celebs including Dina Lohan and Joy Bauer attended the Harboring Hearts benefit.


Harboring Hearts, a 501 (c) (3) organization, provides funding, affordable housing and community programs that directly impacts patients and families affected by cardiac disease.

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Harboring Hearts Fall Benefit Gala

Harboring Hearts celebrated their Fall 2016 Benefit Gala in New York City at the Bryant Park Grill. Harboring Hearts, a 501 (c) (3) organization, provides funding, affordable housing and community programs that directly impacts patients and families affected by cardiac disease. Harboring Hearts is dedicated to providing critical financial and emotional assistance for heart patients and their families.

The benefit raised money to support pediatric and adult patients awaiting or undergoing a heart transplant or critical cardio-thoracic surgical care.

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Harboring Hearts 4th Annual Fall Benefit

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – October 18, 2016) – Harboring Hearts, a nonprofit organization that provides funding, affordable housing and community programs to patients and families affected by cardiac disease, will hold its 4th Annual Fall Benefit on Thursday, October 27th, at the Bryant Park Grill. The annual benefit is held to honor individuals who have made great contributions to the field of heart health and to raise funds to continue vital programming. Harboring Hearts welcomes guests to a cocktail reception filled with live music, food, cocktails, and a silent auction.

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The Keys To Founding A Successful Non-Profit: Having A Heart

What’s the secret ingredient for starting, growing, and prospering as a successful non-profit? Recently, I sat down with Michelle Javian, co-founder of Harboring Hearts, a non-profit dedicated to easing the financial and emotional burdens placed on families who are impacted by cardiac disease. We discussed the lessons learned from founding a non-profit from scratch, and together we’ve outlined the main factors required for success:

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Little Ferry heart patient goes on personalized adventure

A 13-year-old Little Ferry heart patient and his family were chosen to have an all expenses paid day trip to New York City courtesy of a new program by a local charity.

Little Ferry resident Brandon Gambini was selected to be the first to be given a Heart 4 Heart Day by Harboring Hearts, which aims to support heart patients by providing services such as housing support and transportation to treatment.

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