As April approaches our spirits start to soar as spring starts to blossom in New York City. We feel thankful that the long, cold winter is finally subsiding and we are enthusiastic for the warm summer days ahead. I love this time of year because it means that I am working on my favorite charity event of the calendar – The Heart’s Home Annual Gala Dinner and Fundraiser. This year it will be taking place on May 1, 2018 and it promises to be another special, heartwarming evening filled with good food, entertainment and friendship.
Your Heart Has Found a Home
If you are new to the Heart’s Home mission, it is an international Catholic community of volunteers with 42 houses in 26 countries, on 4 continents. Each Heart’s Home is a community of 4 -7 young adults living in a poor neighborhood and sharing a simple life with those in their immediate environment.
Their inspirational mission statement reveals their purpose:
“Walking with those whose hearts are wearied by loneliness, we want to offer the comfort and hope of God’s love through personal life-transforming relationships that reveal the beauty and dignity of each person”.
These homes are open 24/7 affording people a chance to be listened to and welcomed warmly at any time of day. It is a ministry of friendship for those who are suffering and feel isolated. The mission also extends to those that are living in orphanages, nursing homes and jails.
The Heart’s Home in New York City is situated in Brooklyn and serves as both a neighborhood home and a training center for American volunteers.
As full-time missionaries, Heart’s Home members live only on donations and this annual gala dinner raises funds to keep the homes operational. This year the goal is to raise one year of operating costs for the new Heart’s Home in San Jose, Costa Rica and a third of the costs of operating for the Brooklyn’s Heart’s Home.
Every year approximately 100 leaders in politics, business and art connect together at this event to further the cause of compassion and human dignity. It’s a night of cocktails, dinner, live music and a silent auction. This year we will also honor two incredible human beings. The Compassion Award will be presented to Veronique Christory who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the UN since 1997. The Claudio Award will be presented to Dr. Julian Lagoy, a psychiatry resident at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine who was a Heart’s Home missionary in the Philippines from 2010-2011.( You can read more about them below) Past honorees have included:
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The Heart’s Home Annual Gala will take place on May 1, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30PM at the Church of the Virgin Mary – 216 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Prospect Park). The Individual ticket price is $250, $175 of which is tax-deductible. You can book a ticket or a table by contacting Cecile Fourmeaux: [email protected] or 917 399 8256
We are also seeking sponsorship in kind. Perhaps you can offer donations of printing, food, beverage or auction items which are needed and most welcome. All in-kind donations are also 100% tax-deductible.
This is such a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that spreads love and acceptance to all who cross its path. I am deeply grateful to be part of this event that is infused with so much love, joy and friendship. I look forward to seeing you there. Below you you will find more information about the sponsorship levels, the home in Costa Rica and the honorees for 2018.
Onwards and upwards,
About the Sponsorship Options
Fundraising Goal: $52,000 – One year of operating costs for the Heart’s Home in Costa Rica ($22,000) and 1/3 of yearly operating costs for Heart’s Home domestic mission in New York ($30,000)
Includes listing on the Gala Committee, high visibility on all material and up to 1 table for 8
Includes visibility on all material and 2 tickets
Heart’s Home USA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.
Heart’s Home Costa Rica
In January 2016, Analia and Agnes, members of the international Nonprofit Heart’s Home, arrived inTirrases, one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Jose (Capital of Costa Rica) and were later joined by Diana and Lucy. Their goal? Simply to be a loving presence to those who are marginalized because of drugs, alcohol, unemployment, poverty, or serious diseases.
Within a few months, they have made so many friends! In their tiny house they have welcomed their neighbors all day every day. They have given children a safe place to play, share a meal or do homework. They have started building personal relationships with the most lonely people in their neighborhood, they have built bridges with other social service agencies…
At their place, Mercedes finds the strength to keep living far from her two children – left behind when she had to flee Nicaragua; Don Rafael, a formerly homeless man who comes regularly to garden, has rediscovered the passion that keeps him alive. All their neighbors have been supporting them, and have already started to sacrifice the little they own to have them stay: some have given supplies, others tile flooring, cement, paint…
We did a special appeal to our American benefactors last year to help purchase the house of the Heart’s Home in San Jose, and the response was beyond all our expectations. We look forward to deepening the bond between Heart’s Home American supporters and the mission in Costa Rica.
COMPASSION AWARD: MRS. VERONIQUE CHRISTORY
Véronique Christory has been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Delegation to the UN since 1997. The ICRC assists and protects people in armed conflicts and develops International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which notably governs the choice of weapons and prohibits or restricts the use of certain weapons.
As a weapons expert, Veronique helps promote and develop laws regulating the use of weapons, including conventional and nuclear weapons as well as cyber warfare and new technologies e.g killer robots.
She participated in the negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty (2013) as well as in the negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This landmark Treaty was adopted at the UN in July 2017 and further recognized when the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
She is currently serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Français de New York. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Russian and Slavic and Eastern European Studies from the National Institute of Oriental Civilizations and Languages (INALCO) in Paris.
Véronique lives in New York with her husband and their four children.
CLAUDIO AWARD: DR. JULIAN LAGOY
DR. Julian Lagoy, MD, was a Heart’s Home missionary in the Philippines from 2010-2011. He was accepted into medical school and was supposed to start in 2010 but decided to postpone it in order to do a mission with Heart’s Home.
After the mission he went and graduated from medical school and is now a psychiatry resident at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He is scheduled to graduate in June 2019.
His mission with Hearts Home in the Philippines is the reason he decided to specialize in psychiatry and work with those who suffer from mental illness. Although his mission in the Philippines ended in 2011, he tries to live the mission daily as a physician.