Updated with photos!!
We celebrated the launch of Harboring Hearts Housing on Friday, December 4th, 2009. What a way to kick-start the weekend!
The event took place at Haven, so it was the kind of Turtle Bay crowd you’d expect: a bunch of good-looking, young 20- and 30-somethings dressed in cocktail attire, it seemed more like a highly successful dating mixer as opposed to a charity event. The bar’s two floors were completely packed with guests, and they were all there to support Harboring Hearts Housing‘s mission to provide affordable, temporary housing for cardiac patients and their caregivers during a time of need.
The foundation is dedicated to providing a comprehensive resource and housing center for patients and caregivers being hospitalized. Each of the founders experienced having a loved one go through heart disease and ultimately a heart transplant. Realizing the emotional and financial stress this can cause on a person and their family, and inspired by the support the founder received during their times of strife, Harboring Hearts Housing was established to give others the help and support that others may need.
Guests enjoyed the open bar for the night, energetic music spun by DJ AK, and could bid on great silent auction items, like a vacation package, basketball tickets, a vintage record, and other great items all to benefit Harboring Hearts Housing. A great event for a great cause!
Did you know?
• Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
• Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the New York City area.
• 80 million (nearly 1 in 3) people nationwide are estimated to be living with some form of heart disease*
• 864,480 people lost their lives to heart disease in 2005 (35.3% of all deaths or 1 of every 2.8 deaths).
• 40% of New York City deaths in 2006 were heart disease-related, nearly twice as many as all cancers combined**
*For more information, please visit www.americanheart.org.
**Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Love your heart!
Photos by Steven Ekerovich