2010 Heart & Soul Auction Raised over $320,000Friday, February 12, 2010
The 21st annual Heart & Soul Auction was held at the Down Town Association at 60 Pine Street, New York City on February 9, 2010. The event benefited over 19 neighborhood social outreach programs supported by the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Outreach efforts include Nutritious Meals, Youth Services, Neighborhood Programs, Elderly Services and Caring for Women in Need.
As a highlight of the evening, The Forrest Church Award was presented to Mary Robinson, a dynamic world leader who has spent her career advancing human rights, inclusion and ethical globalization. Ms. Robinson is a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is also the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and served as the President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997.
The Forrest Church Award is given annually by the Heart & Soul Fund to a person who epitomizes Forrests call to help the least fortunate among us. Forrest himself was delighted that Mary Robinson would be accepting the 2010 award. Forrest and the Heart & Soul Fund presented the inaugural 2009 award to former President Bill Clinton. Nancy Northup, President, Center for Reproductive Rights presented the award to Ms. Robinson.