May
08

2012 Open Heart Patriot Award

On a beautiful Saturday evening in April at the amazing home of Actress/Artist/Author and Philanthropist Jane Seymour and husband James Keach, Director/Producer/Philanthropist and CEO PCH Films the couple hosted the 2nd annual Open Hearts Foundation Celebration. The evening kicked off with a lovely cocktail reception, silent auction and celebrity arrivals then moved up to the beautiful ball room setting under the stars for what was an inspirational evening emcee’d by CNN’s Christi Paul with musical performances by Glen Campbell, LP, Marc Coehn and Johnny Keach.

The Open Hearts Foundationcreated by Jane Seymour and husband James Keach, is a respected nonprofit charity established to bring the Open Heart Philosophy, which stands for selfless giving even in the face of adversity, into communities worldwide. The Foundation provides funds to charitable organizations in the areas of Health, Arts, Education, Sports, and honors individuals that exemplify the Open Heart Philosophy in their service to others.

The notable honorees receiving this year’s Open Heart Award, a limited-edition fine-art sculpture created by Jane Seymour depicting her original open heart icon design, will include individuals who live the Open Heart philosophy including:

  • Glen and Kim Campbell: Legendary country singer and five-time Grammy winner Glen Campbell announced last year that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease (www.alz.org). Since his diagnosis, he and his wife have used their story as a platform to help raise awareness for the disease that affects an estimated 5.1 million people worldwide. Campbell is currently touring on his “Goodbye Tour,” and was recently honored at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards, receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • John and Roxanna Green: John and Roxanna Green established The Christina-Taylor Green Foundation (www.christina-taylorgreen.org) in memory of their daughter, who was tragically killed in the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting associated with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Christina-Taylor Green Foundation is dedicated to honoring the life and memory of Christina-Taylor through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
  • Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete: Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, established the HollyRod Foundation (www.HollyRod.org) in honor of Holly’s late father Matt Robinson, who lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The organization has since expanded its mission to raise awareness for autism, a developmental disorder their oldest son RJ was diagnosed with at the age of three. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi: Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion, Kristi Yamaguchi, is one of the most popular and successful figure skaters of our time. Along with her many awards and accomplishments, Kristi is a member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996, she founded the Always Dream Foundation dedicated to fundraising and supporting children’s charities. In 2008 Kristi became a Dancing with the Stars Champion and since has become a New York Times best-selling author, her children’s book Dream Big, Little Pig soared onto the bestseller list and remained there for multiple weeks. She is married to Stanley Cup Champion, Bret Hedican and together, they have two young daughters.
  • Annie Nelson founder of The American Soldier Network, (www.americansoldiernetwork.org ) is passionate about our service members. Nelson’s own awareness of the issues faced by our soldiers and veterans grew out of her pen pal relationship with Marine Cpl. Jesse Schertzwho was serving in 2004. Also by living through 5 concussions, PTSD and a life threatening brain tumor just 19 months ago. She has truly “walked the walk” for may of the same issues our combat wounded suffer. For the past 8 years, Nelson has dedicated her life to spreading patriotism across the United States by raising awareness of the needs of our veterans, our injured soldiers, and their families, and the challenges they all face during the reintegration process whthey return from Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the 1st Open Heart Patriot Award.
  • 4 of our wounded heroes also shared in the American Soldier Network Open Heart Patriot Award, Ssgt. Richard Gonzales, Sergeant Sara Bryant, Corporal Jake Henry, Lance Corporal Blake Bibbins

Dear James and Jane,

I just wanted to thank you guys for honoring Annie Nelson

and the work she does for the American Soldier Network.

Annie is a dear friend and one of the greatest supporters our military has in our industry.

Hats off to you guys for acknowledging that.

With love,

Joe Mantegna

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