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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 (http://harboringhearts.eventbrite.com/) 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 (https://www.harboringhearts.org)

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Meet Adam Foldes

We want to take this opportunity to showcase key people who have been essential in the development of Harboring Hearts. Without the help of our amazing board members, volunteers and interns, we would not be where we are today.

Adam Foldes is a long-time friend of Michelle Javian and when he began volunteering for Harboring Hearts you could tell that he was there not only to support his friend, but also because he was passionate and driven by our mission.

Adam has volunteered for us in numerous capacities and he played a significant role in our Winter Cocktail event at the Rubin Museum of Art last February 2011.  He helped us devise the overall concept of the event, headed sub-committee groups and even contributed his writing skills to draft sponsorship letters.

Thank you Adam for your support and for dedicating your time to Harboring Hearts!  Read below to learn more about Adam.

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Name: Adam Foldes

Current Occupation: Creator/Author of Ava’s Adventures in the World (www.avasadventures.com)

How and why did you get involved with Harboring Hearts?: Michelle Javian and I have been friends since our first years at Georgetown University. Though following very different paths, we always remained close before, during, and after Harboring Hearts came into being–and shared the hurdles and blessings that filled those years mentioned. I admired her willpower, vision, and dedication to the cause and families Harboring Hearts helped, and when I finally moved back to New York City in October 2010, it seemed a natural place to lend a hand in the capacities that I could. From there, it was easy to see that the people with whom Michelle had collaborated–Yuki Kotani, interns and general Harboring Hearts’ supporters–were an inspiring and motivating group of people to know and work with.

How do you balance your career and giving back so successfully?:  Balance? The difficult part of answering this question, is that sometimes I do not feel I achieve the balance that Harboring Hearts needs and deserves this year and always. I am always wishing I had 65 hour days; more time, and more time to offer. For the past several months, I have been developing Ava’s Adventures while concurrently working for another company as well–long days. At points, though, one must check back in and assess what is most important. Harboring Hearts is definitely a cause to which I will always be committed, despite how the tides of life may demand that I am further from that shoreline than I’d like to be. Even if it is just an hour a week, or 25 hours, it helps to be there–in a lot of ways. It is hard to believe that sometimes, and difficult to feel like you are really doing ‘enough’…but when Harboring Hearts, or other such organizations someone cares about, say they need help–they mean it. If 1,000 people gave 1 hour of help a week, it means the world to charities. Unfortunately, many of those 1,000 people (including me, at times) don’t know how true that is and allow feelings of guilt or inadequacy (of time availability) to skew the reality: Every hour counts, and makes a huge difference. When you remember that, an alarm goes off–and you find the hour, and balance just follows naturally after that.

Who or what have been your greatest inspirations in your life, your career, and your volunteer experience?:  I think loss, solitude, reading, friends, and my family have been the greatest inspiration in my career choices–and even deferrals–in life. Each of these areas present both challenges, and awareness, of who we are as people. For me, they each have been central, critical elements that have inspired my stepping back from the reality I am a part of to ask myself: “how do I want to be a part of that reality? Where do I fit, and what is it that I can offer?” Sometimes the obvious answer is not the right answer, so it is tiring; but you have to follow your heart and trust that your own experience and self-understanding will always be the only thing that stays with you forever: always growing with each step. Only you know that path before, for certain, so make sure to incorporate that into your choices so the path ahead is one of growth and awareness of that world around you on either side of the Road.

What are your favorite memories about Harboring Hearts?: My favorite memories about Harboring Hearts are the community events at NY-Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. They have been the few chances to see and hear the stories of families helped by Harboring Hearts, and also those families who are confronting the emotions, challenges, fears, and love they are feeling during their time of need.

Adam’s Favorites:

  • Favorite City – Paris and Athens
  • Favorite Food – Heart healthy, gluten-free, whole wheat crust pizza
  • Favorite Activity – Fitness
  • Favorite Music – Classical
  • Favorite Museum – Museo Botero (Bogota, Colombia) and the Tate Modern (London, UK)
  • Favorite Travel Destination – Greece, because I feel relaxed and at home and do not feel like I am traveling…yet come back completely rejuvenated and spiritually calm every time.
  • Favorite Book – Impossible to answer 🙂
  • Favorite Movie – Too many

Save the Date – May 22nd, 2012

Harboring Hearts invites you to our Spring Gala at the Rubin Museum of Art on May 22nd, 2012. We hope you can join us!

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please call 212-888-7003.

 

Formal invitation to follow.

 

Meet Hadley Mongell

We want to take this opportunity to showcase key people who have been essential in the development of Harboring Hearts. Without the help of our amazing board members, volunteers and interns, we would not be where we are today.

I met Hadley Mongell through Michelle Javian and I knew right away that she would be a perfect fit for the Harboring Hearts team. She had the energy, the entrepreneurial spirit, and most importantly, the heart and compassion to help patients and their families during a difficult time in their lives.

We asked her to join the Board of Directors as our Treasurer. During her tenure as a board member, she went over and beyond her responsibilities to help the organization get off the ground. Michelle and I want to take the time to thank her for all of her hard work, dedication and support.  We have made huge strides with Harboring Hearts but without the fundamental building blocks laid out by Hadley and the other founding members (Jessica Melore and Salwa Touma), we would not be where we are today.

Thank you Hadley for your support and for dedicating your time to Harboring Hearts!

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Name: Hadley Mongell (nickname: Hads)

Current Occupation: Director of Finance (at the Micro Precision Group)

How and why did you get involved with Harboring Hearts? Michelle Javian and I have been close friends since our high school days at Friends Academy. We had always been close, but our bond grew stronger when both of our fathers were suffering from heart related issues. I was honored when Michelle asked if I would be interested in volunteering, and my role just naturally took on a life of its own. It was a wonderful experience to work with the founding members and help develop this wonderful vision into a reality.

How do you balance your career and giving back so successfully?  I am addicted to creating lists. Haha! In all seriousness, I wake up every day being thankful for such a wonderful life. Working full time and volunteering can be extremely time consuming, but it is always more than worthwhile in the end. So many people and families face a daily battle with adversity, and in order to give thanks, I make giving back a priority. I may not always have as much time as I would like to volunteer, but  I am never too busy to help someone out or make someone feel good even in the simplest of ways.

Who or what have been your greatest inspirations in your life, your career, and your volunteer experience? My family and wonderful friends have undoubtedly been an incredible driving force in my life. Thanks to working with Harboring Hearts, I have created lifelong friendships with extraordinary people that share my love of giving back to the community. In terms of my career, I admire any trailblazer that stays true to themselves and never forgets the importance of seeing the “bigger picture.” Whether I’m reading an article about Steve Jobs, or taking the time to learn about how my local merchant is working two jobs to provide for his family, I am constantly inspired by the power of the mind and nature of the human spirit.

What are your favorite memories about Harboring Hearts? My most favorite memories of Harboring Hearts are the early days and initial accomplishments. Whether it was weekend meetings at Michelle’s apartment, or our first meeting with Bill Sullivan of Ronald McDonald house, there was always a feeling of powerful momentum. I would find myself constantly reflecting about how this special group is making big waves in the challenging NYC non profit world. My most favorite Harboring Hearts event was our first event at Haven. Despite the chaotic planning process, it was overwhelming to see the impressive number of supporters who came out to share in our big debut.

Hadley’s Favorites

  • Favorite City? New York City  (but if that’s not allowed…London)
  • Favorite Food? Italian
  • Favorite Activity? Being on the Water
  • Favorite Music? Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Guster & Coldplay
  • Favorite Museum? The Frick
  • Favorite Travel Destination? Nantucket
  • Favorite Book? The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  • Favorite Movie? Finding Neverland and The Goonies

Oktoberfest in Long Island

Oktoberfest in Long Island, NY

Join Harboring Hearts at Oktoberfest from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Koenig’s Restaurant, 86 S. Tyson Ave., Floral Park. The evening includes dinner, wine, beer, Oompa music with German dancers, beer drinking contest and sing-a-longs for $80pp. RSVP by Oct. 8. For more information call 353-2987.

Harboring Hearts mission is to provide support to heart patients and their families through through a home-like haven and nurturing community of resources.

For more information, go to www.harboringhearts.org

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Latest News from Harboring Hearts – August 26, 2011

We can’t believe it  is already the end of August.  This summer has been very exciting for us.

Our big developments this summer have been the launch of our newly re-designed our website and our Summer Fete in the Hamptons. We have also been fortunate to receive significant press which continues to help raise more awareness about Harboring Hearts and enables us to provide support to more heart patients and their families.

We want to thank everyone for their continued support.

Warmest regards,

Yuki and Michelle