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¬†News Anchor Veronica De La Cruz and Comedian Dean Obeidallah¬†Co‚ÄźHost An Evening of Fun and Surprises for Guests¬†to Share the Laughter and Open Their Hearts

NEW YORK, NY ‚Äď OCTOBER 22, 2012 ‚Äď The 1st Annual Hope for Hearts Foundation Autumn Gala will be held on¬†Friday, November 9, at Porsche Design in SoHo. A roster of guests from the celebrity, music and media worlds are¬†expected to support the Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation, established by TV journalist and news¬†anchor, Veronica De La Cruz., in honor of her brother Eric.¬†De La Cruz founded the organization in 2010 after Eric died while awaiting a heart transplant the prior year. Hope¬†for Hearts‚Äô mission is to provide financial assistance, educational resources and advocacy for heart transplant¬†patients and their families.

‚ÄúThis first gala is a fantastic opportunity for all of our supporters to have a memorable evening, learn more about¬†our activities, and find out how they can get more involved,‚ÄĚ said De La Cruz. ‚ÄúWe look forward to a sold‚Äźout event¬†and are grateful to all of our event sponsors who are helping make this a reality.‚ÄĚ

The flagship Porsche Design store at 465 West Broadway will be transformed for the gala into an elegant salon with¬†a Spanish theme. Co‚Äźhosted by Veronica De La Cruz and Comedy Central‚Äôs ‚ÄúAxis of Evil‚ÄĚ co‚Äźstar, Dean Obeidallah,¬†the event will also include guest speakers including recent heart transplant recipient Colby Salerno, whom the¬†Foundation has supported. Noted health care advocate and former insurance industry executive, Wendell Potter,¬†will keynote the event.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a buffet dinner featuring dishes from celebrity chefs,¬†and concluding with live entertainment and a silent auction. Items scheduled¬†to be auctioned off at the event range from a one‚Äźweek stay at a Thailand resort to anchor‚Äźled tours of NBC studios.¬†Tickets for the Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation Autumn Gala are now available from $175‚Äź$250, and¬†sponsorship opportunities starting with Patrons of Hope at $2,000 and Angel Sponsors for $5,000 are listed on the¬†official event webpage at

About the Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation

The Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non‚Äźprofit organization that provides financial assistance,¬†educational resources and advocacy for heart transplant patients, Founded by TV journalist Veronica De La Cruz in honor of her¬†brother Eric, the Foundation exists to fulfill his wish that no heart transplant patient would ever again¬†have suffer because of a¬†lack of insurance of the inability to pay for life‚Äźsaving medical treatment.


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