Testimonials         



FORMER HONOREES

"I was so honored to have your Open Heart Foundation Award...So many wonderful things happened after that-including our non-profit, the Children's Lifesaving Foundation, receiving subsequent awards and renewed, national  interest in our work with homeless and at-risk youth and families in LA.  In addition, our $10,000 grant from the Open Hearts Foundation helped hundreds more at-risk youth attend our Camp4All Program, and the at-risk families we serve were able to receive very needed scholarships, stipends and emergency assistance. I cannot thank you enough for the great support, and the honor."

-       Maria D’Angelo, Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (2103)

“The Open Hearts Foundation offered me the opportunity to share my story, and celebrate the life I live today, while bringing well deserved recognition to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, who supported me on my journey through the foster care system. I am forever grateful for this honor!”

-       Elle Febbo, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County (2015)

“Open Hearts Foundation has provided us a unique platform to reach like-minded individuals and has allowed us to reach a larger audience, in turn helping us get more exposure for our foundation.”

-       Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On Foundation (2011)

"We were so honored to be recognized by the Open Hearts Foundation a couple years ago.  The event itself was a night I will never forget, filled with so many beautiful stories. Everyone behind the organization cares so deeply for the people and organizations they support and years later, still connect with us to check in and see how we are doing. Their donation helped fuel our Free To Be Kind initiative which provides free assemblies to schools across the world. Open Hearts truly leads with an open heart, driven by a team of some of the kindness people I have connected with while working in the nonprofit space."

-       Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, KIND Campaign (2014)

"The Open Hearts Foundation has made a huge impact on my own non-profit, The Travis Mills Foundation.  OHF was one of our first significant donors when TMF was in its infancy.  With the help of the Open Hearts Foundation and their belief in our mission we have almost completed a fully accessible retreat center for recalibrated veterans and their families in Rome. Maine.  A place that they can relax, reconnect and start living their new normal."

-       Travis Mills, The Travis Mills Foundation (2014)

“Not only did the Open Hearts Foundation's overwhelmingly generous donation to The Andréa Rizzo Foundation enable us to expand Dréa's Dream pediatric dance therapy programming for children with cancer at Chldren's Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, but we also were able to provide sessions of dance therapy for children with special needs within the Los Angeles school system. The support of the Open Hearts Foundation gave our organization the opportunity to connect with many other philanthropic organizations and individuals, sharing ideas and helping each other to grow and succeed.

The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is forever grateful to The Open Hearts Foundation for this gift that has ultimately helped thousands of children.”

-       Susan Vincent Rizzo, The Andrea Rizzo Foundation (2011)

“With the leadership, compassion and generosity of Jane, the Open Hearts Foundation has done some remarkable things. Through their support, it has helped my Always Dream Foundation with our early literacy program for underserved schools. With support like this, we can continue to help provide children with the tools to succeed. I’m so grateful for Open Hearts Foundation’s work.” 

-       Kristi Yamaguchi, Always Dream Foundation (2012)

DONORS

“There are many organizations that honor people.  What makes the Open Hearts Foundation special is that by honoring those who have not only overcome personal adversity but who also directly support those with the same challenges, others can be encouraged and inspired to similar action in their own lives.   This is what philanthropy is about.”

-       Lesley Zafran

CORPORATE PARTNERS

“As an Event Planner & Coordinator, I have the distinct pleasure to work with many clients through the course of a year.  One such client that not only gave me pleasure to be part of the team but has inspired me is the Open Heart Foundation.  Working with Jane Seymour & team, being able to understand & know the mission and purpose of the Foundation, being integral  part of the execution of the Gala and witnessing the stories about the honorees and their charities, has been one of the most humbling experiences in my life.  It filled my soul beyond words”

-      Tom Simmons, three bunch palms productions