Almost 10 years ago, my wife, Lisa, and I formed HealthCorps to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic sweeping the nation. Wednesday night, I was delighted to join Lisa in honoring two incredible advocates for children’s health and wellness. This project is near and dear to my heart because I’m concerned about the health of our nation. It’s so important that we start educating children on the value of healthy eating now.
I want to take a minute to recognize the incredible work of both our honorees -- ABC “World News Tonight” anchor, Diane Sawyer, and actor and founder of Bicycle For a Day” Matthew Modine. Both Diane and Matthew are strong advocates for the well being of American youth and have done an amazing job combatting childhood obesity. Their contributions to both HealthCorps and the health community have not gone unnoticed. I was humbled to join everyone at the gala in honoring Diane and Matthew.
We were lucky to be joined by so many wonderful personalities at the Gala, including Montel Williams, Ben Vereen, Gayle King – not to mention my daughter Daphne and one of her “The Chew” co-hosts Carla Hall! It was such a fun and magical evening that was made even more special by all the great performances. What a treat it was to watch Shontelle, TKA, Stepp Stewart and ICONic Boyz all do their thing on stage. TKA even got me up with them to bust a move or two. All the talent there blew me away. Teenage jazzpianist Rocco Fiorentino particularly impressed me. I couldn’t believe he was only 15!
And while the night was a blast, the most important part is what comes next forHealthCorps. I’m happy to report that the proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to establish even more HealthCorps’ mentoring programs in high schools across the country, as well as launching new initiatives, like “HealthCorps University”. This new program will educate teachers nationwide on the program’s nutrition, fitness and mental strength curriculum so they can instruct their students. Seeing the program grow and grow over the last 10 years has been inspiring.
I wanted to share some photos from the event with you. I can’t wait to see how HealthCorps is going to top this for next year’s gala!