Charity Spotlight on Harboring Heart’s #STARTARYOT

Happy #FundraisingFriday everyone! Today Harboring Hearts was featured on Positivexpert’s Charity Spotlight–we would like to send a big “Thank you” to Adonica Brereton for her continued support, and for her assistance in promoting our crowd funding campaign, #STARTARYOT.

We are taking part in a five-week crowdfunding initiative called the #STARTARYOT Challenge — in order to gain awareness, recognition, and most importantly dollars for our programs. The Challenge ends on September 24th and with the help of our supporters, like Adonica Brereton, we can meet our goal of $25k. To learn more about our fundraiser, visit our website here, and see what you can do to support heart disease patients and their families!

Recap of Recent Community Events, & How You Can Get Involved!

Harboring Hearts was able to help make February a little sweeter for over 450 pediatric patients and their families at two New York City hospitals through our Community Events initiative. These events create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, solidarity, and network of support for pediatric cardiac patients and their families.

On February 14th, Harboring Hearts participated in a community event at Montefiore Medical Center. The Grand Hall of the Bronx facility was home to shiny red heart balloons, Valentine’s cards, toys and board games, an information booth about Harboring Hearts, and more. Fun music played as children danced, had their faces painted, and ate a warm meal sponsored by Harboring Hearts. Many doctors, former patients, social workers, and caregivers attended as well.


Pediatric heart patients and families gathering together at Montefiore.


Parachute Fun!


Shayla Frandsen, Gacia Tachejian, and Michelle Javian at Montefiore Community Event


On February 19th, Harboring Hearts was at Mount Sinai Hospital participating in our second community event of the month. It was called a community event, but it was more like a party! Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and interventional patients and their families enjoyed a variety of activities, booths, decorations, games, and music. Harboring Hearts donated and served delicious food to attendees, and we were even able to meet up with former beloved patients and friends!


Michelle Javian with a cute heart patient.


Gacia Techejian, Shayla Frandsen, and Michelle Javian at Montefiore.


Co-founders Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani reunite with a family Harboring Hearts has recently helped.


Shayla Frandsen & Mikelle Kennedy at Mount Sinai Hospital community event.


Ira Parness, MD, and Chief of Division of Pediatric Cardiology said of the Mount Sinai event, “We had a huge and HAPPY crowd of children and families today . . . It was heartwarming that so many patients took out time from their busy lives to attend this party. There was a sense of joy and gratitude as the patients and their parents embraced their caregivers at Sinai.”

Many thanks to all of you for joining with us to help give back and make a difference in the lives of these families! We would not be able to participate in events like these without your continued contributions and support. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at our next community event, please email us at

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Valentine’s Day Charity Networking Event


If you are still looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day, embrace American Heart Month with Harboring Hearts and Charity Connector. The two organizations invite you to join them for a Charity Networking Party at The Ainsworth, (122 West 26th St) on February 14th. From 7-9 pm, experience a fun night of drinks and the sounds of a top NYC DJ, all for a good cause! A suggested $10 donation, sold online ( or at the door, will entitle guests to $3 selected beer, $5 cocktails and $7 champagne. 100% of the ticket sales will benefit Harboring Hearts (


Peace in Leadership

From the original article:
Friday, May 13, turned out to be one of the luckiest days of the year for me. I found myself at the Newark Peace Education Summit, learning from globally recognized figures about the importance of peace in achieving our dreams.

The conference, which was organized by Mayor Cory A. Booker, Tibet House US, and the Drew A. Katz Foundation, was graced with the presence of leaders from all over the world.

Heart-Full Ways to Give

From the original article:
The constant outpour of support we receive at Harboring Hearts truly touches us and makes our mission possible. In just two years since co-founding Harboring Hearts as a non-profit in 2009, we have seen contributions to the cause in many different forms: support has come from the donated time of friends, family, and volunteers, and the advisory expertise and pro bono services from the corporate world. And, of course, financial support always plays a major role.