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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NYC’s Top 10 Young NonProfit Leaders

Manhattan Modern Luxury Magazine awarded Michelle Javian as “NYC’s Top 10 Young NonProfit Leaders.”

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Archibald Family in NJ.com

RIDGEFIELD PARK — Josanne Archibald isn’t sure what her family would have done without Harboring Hearts.

Her son Mason, born June 5, needed a heart transplant. She and her husband Damion would need to miss work to be at the hospital almost every day until a donor was identified.

Harboring Hearts, a New York-based non-profit, offered the Ridgefield Park family three months of rent.

“We probably would have had to borrow money from friends and family,” Archibald said. “We’re just so blessed to have them.”

Archibald went through a normal pregnancy before Mason was born. Doctors at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center kept him for observation because he was breathing quickly.

When his breathing failed to improve, a nurse ordered X-rays, revealing an enlarged heart. Mason was transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was diagnosed with left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy.

Doctors first tried medication to help his heart contract, but it didn’t work. At only a week old, a heart transplant was the only remaining option Josanne, a pharmacy technician, and Damion, who works in sales, would need to be at the hospital nearly every day while awaiting a donor.

They were connected to Harboring Hearts through a hospital social worker. The non-profit works with patients awaiting heart transplants or critical heart surgery whose families are at or below the median income level.

Aside from financial assistance, Harboring Hearts also holds events with food and live music at its partner hospitals, Mt. Sinai, New York Presbyterian and Montefiore Medical Center, to ease the burden on patients and families, Missy Rahman, deputy director of the non-profit, said.

Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani founded Harboring Hearts in 2009 after their fathers received heart transplants. The non-profit assisted 72 families in 2014, and has assisted more than 80 this year, Rahman said.

Archibald was told Mason could remain on the transplant list for six months to a year. She didn’t have to wait that long.

Mason received a heart transplant on July 23 and returned home to Ridgefield Park. However, he’s since returned, after the amount of a medicine used to coax his body to accept his new heart reached dangerous levels.

But the worst is over, Archibald said. Mason should return home as soon as his levels return to normal. They wouldn’t have been able to do it without Harboring Hearts, Archibald said.

“We’re grateful for them,” she said. “They’re a great organization.”

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