Valentine’s Reunion Party 2014 at Mount Sinai Hospital

Harboring Hearts was thrilled to team up with The Children’s Heart Fund, Project Sunshine, and Mount Sinai Hospital to celebrate the 28th Annual Valentine’s Reunion Party on February 18th. Lined with over a dozen activity tables, the Annenberg West Lobby came alive with the spirit of Heart Month as children enjoyed heart-healthy foods, crafts, and games.


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


Harboring Hearts staff, interns, and volunteers had their hands full, managing a buffet catered by Pret A MangerKIND and GoGo squeeZ, which fed over 450 party-goers!


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


The heart health community had a blast as children posed with their families and doctors at the photo booth. While some children flaunted their moves on the dance floor, others waited in excitement for a chance to greet special guest Miss Teen USA.


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


From making heart healthy trail mixes to decorating piggy-banks and creating sand art, families left Mount Sinai with Harboring Hearts’ tote bags brimming with healthy treats and hand-made crafts.


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


As with every community event, the Harboring Hearts team came away further inspired through meeting the many great patients and families who attended. For more pictures from the event, check out our photo album. Be sure to like Harboring Hearts on Facebook and follow our Twitter to stay in the loop about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

Special thanks to Sunny Norton for capturing great photographs of this exciting day!

Harboring Hearts Charity Ride Recap

Thank you for working out and sweating with me at the Charity Ride to benefit Harboring Hearts this past Sunday, January 26th!  With your support, we raised nearly $2,000!  Harboring Hearts and I are truly grateful.

The funds raised through these types of events support Harboring Hearts’ initiatives to provide emotional and financial support to vulnerable heart patients and their families in dire need of our assistance.  As I briefly mentioned at the event, we are providing a need not being met by other organizations.  Our goal for 2014 is to increase our impact within the NYC cardiac community.  We will accomplish this, with the help of your donations, by increasing our community reach through hospital events and fully utilizing our Emergency Fund Program.

If you are interested in making a donation to Harboring Hearts, please visit or contact us at

By the way, check out some awesome pics from our event here at our Facebook page!

Yuki Kotani
Harboring Hearts Co-Founder


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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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Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

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As the holiday season hits full swing and 2011 comes to a close, we look back and see what an extraordinary year it has been for Harboring Hearts. Many exciting things happened this year and we are so thankful for the generosity of our supporters. Thank you for believing in us and supporting our vision of helping heart patients and their families.

We threw a series of great benefits this year, starting with the Winter Cocktail event during Heart Month (February) at the Rubin Museum of Art, our Summer Fete in the Hamptons and ending with an Oktoberfest celebration in Long Island. These events, in addition to smaller fundraisers and hospital events continue to increase awareness about heart disease and raise funds to assist heart patients and their families with living expenses while undergoing heart surgery.

Our memorable experiences this year involved the amazing people we met and with whom we worked. We hosted an arts & crafts event for pediatric heart patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York-Presbyterian.

We met a mother whose son underwent a dangerous but life-saving surgery. We were able to provide a room at a hotel by the hospital for her and her son during the duration of the surgery and recovery period. We are so thankful that he is fully recovered.

These are just a couple of events that were unforgettable occasions for our board members, donors, beneficiaries, friends and family. We are continually reminded of how far Harboring Hearts has come and how lucky we are to be working toward a common goal. We could not have done any of this without the support of our partners, board members, advisors and volunteers.

Harboring Hearts has grown tremendously this year but we are always looking forward into the future. There is still much work to be done to ensure that families have a place to stay while their loved ones undergo heart surgery. We will continue to strengthen our mission and expand our reach to help as many heart patients and families as possible.

As we all gather with family and friends and make resolutions for the New Year, please consider contributing to Harboring Hearts. Your donation will allow us to greatly impact the recovery process for cardiac patients.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Yuki and Michelle

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