HealthCorps will honor Diane Sawyer and Matthew Modine for their significant contributions to the health and well-being of American youth at their 6th Annual Gala, The Garden of Angels Gala, on Wednesday, April 18, at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
The event will raise funds for HealthCorps, leading a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people.
Dr Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned heart surgeon and two-time Emmy Award-winning host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa Oz, will co-host the Gala that celebrates the work of Sawyer, ABC “World News Tonight” Anchor and child advocate, and Modine, actor, producer, environmentalist and founder of Bicycle for a Day. Dr. and Mrs. Oz co-founded HealthCorps nine years ago to engage youth as the catalysts for simple lifestyle changes to enhance their health and the health of their families.
HealthCorps supporters expected to attend include actor Ben Vereen, Talk Show host Montel Williams, “Detachment” star Betty Kaye, “The Chew” Co-host Daphne Oz, Chef and Author Rocco DiSpirito, “CBS This Morning” Anchor Gayle King, Actor/Rapper Ice T and his wife Model/Actress Coco, Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty, CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, KKR’s John Mack, ESPN Anchor Jesse Palmer and Model/Actor Adam Senn, among others.
“I have known both Diane and Matthew personally for many years, and their advocacy for young people has impressed and inspired me,” said Dr. Oz, HealthCorps Chairman. “Lisa and I are delighted to honor them for their work, and to celebrate our patrons, Coordinators, and strategic partners who give us our wings to grow.”
Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President, said, “Our program is also guiding students toward careers in health, wellness and the culinary arts and we are restoring their relationship with nature. We are also helping young people to discover things they are hungry for beyond food.”
“Garden of Angels” guests will be treated to special performances by R&B/Pop artist Shontelle, dance music legends TKA, an original song and dance performance by Broadway actor Stepp Stewart, a dance routine by “the boy band of dance” ICONic Boyz, as well as music from 15-year-old jazz pianist Rocco Fiorentino and the crowd-pleasing Eturnity Band.
The Gala will kick off with a Red Carpet “step and repeat” during the cocktail “health fair” hour featuring booths where strategic partners and Coordinators highlight HealthCorps’ curriculum. The evening includes a silent and live auction as well as acceptance speeches by the honorees during the seated black tie dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to establish HealthCorps’ curriculum in additional high schools; launch “HealthCorps University,” a progressive training program for teachers; and enhance the organization’s function as a research vehicle for health messaging and polling. By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.