Talk about opening and warming the heart! The evening recognized two philanthropists that have dedicated their lives to doing just that – opening hearts to allow love to flow in.

On Thursday, November 29, award-winning actress, artist and philanthropist Jane Seymour and her husband, director, producer and writer, James Keach hosted a memorable and meaningful event at Carnegie Hall on behalf of the Open Hearts Foundation, dedicated to raise funds to enrich the lives of children in the areas of health, education, arts and sports.

 

 

 

Two honorees, who embody the Foundation’s mission, were celebrated at the event and received the prestigious Open Heart Award, including Leonard Lauder (Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation) and Lisa Lori (Operation Smile).  The Open Hearts Foundation also honored Josh Lockwood, Red Cross Chief Executive Officer of the Greater New York Area, with a $25,000 check to recognize the Red Cross’ ongoing support during Hurricane Sandy.

Mr. Lauder took the stage and received his award with enthusiasm and shared a positive message encouraging the audience to support him and enforce hope to find a cure for Alzheimer. He informed the audience of important statistics showing that one in every two people sitting down will be diagnosed with Alzheimer or Dementia after 80, and there is currently 6 million Americans suffering from this. He asked the audience to pledge they will have hope to change this. Ms. Lori shared her personal family story and her passion in giving back and starting Operation Smile, accepting her award with her husband and three sons on stage. She spoke eloquently about her family’s decision to shed light on children with facial paralysis through Operation Smile and the Three Bear’s Initiative. There was not a dry eye in the crowd, including Lisa Lori and her family. It also happen to be her son, Zachery’s birthday, who was serenaded with a Happy Birthday song from the audience – not many kids can say they had a birthday song sung to them at Carnegie Hall – lucky kid!

 

 

The award ceremony was followed by a holiday spectacular show, “The Christmas Rose”, starring Jane Seymour as the narrator, and renowned American composer Tim Janis, along with a full orchestra, choirs, dancers and a full Broadway cast.

Through the Open Hearts Foundation, Seymour and husband Keach hope to bring the Open Heart movement into communities worldwide and encourage others to use life’s challenges to inspire and motivate others to do good. For more information about the Open Hearts Foundation, visit www.openheartsfoundation.org.

- Anaisabel