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The Honorable Michael Bloomberg Named Third Recipient of Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service

Friday, October 22, 2010

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THE HONORABLE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG NAMED THIRD RECIPIENT OF FORREST CHURCH AWARD FOR HUMANITARIAN SERVICE.  The award will be presented at the 2011 Heart and Soul Charitable Fund Gala Auction on February 15 at Christie's Rockefeller Center.

Known for his leadership in civic affairs and the business sector, the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, will be honored for his notable commitment to philanthropy when the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, Inc. presents him with its third Forrest Church Award, an honor given previously to former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson and to former U.S. President, Bill Clinton.

Since 2009, The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund has given the Forrest Church Award to a person who epitomizes the same abiding commitment to help the least fortunate held by Forrest Church, a leading Unitarian minister, author, and theologian who died in September of 2009 after a long association with the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the 108th Mayor of the City of New York, worked his way through Johns Hopkins University, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School before launching his career in New York's financial sector.  He developed a vision for how technology could create competitive advantages that would guide the growth and success of his financial news and information service, Bloomberg LP. As the company expanded, Bloomberg started directing more of his attention to philanthropy, donating his time and resources to many different causes. He has sat on the boards of numerous charitable, cultural, and educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, where, as chairman of the board, he helped build the Bloomberg School of Public Health into one of the world's leading institutions of public health research and training.  In 2009 alone he donated to almost 1,400 non-profit organizations.

"Making a difference in people's lives - and seeing it with your own eyes - is perhaps the most satisfying thing you'll ever do. If you want to fully enjoy life - give. And if you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing - by far - is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children."

Though the Forrest Church Award is in its third year, the Heart and Soul Charitable Fund has worked since 1988 to support and advance New York organizations focused on youth services, neighborhood programs, women in need, feeding, and elderly services.

The mission of the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, Inc., is to provide aid to segments of the New York Area community who are living in marginalized situations by identifying and directly funding groups for whom small grand and ongoing involvement of the fund will make a major difference.  The Fund acts as a principal source of funding, support or advice for its selected grantees and aims to build long-term relationships.  Proceeds raised at the Auction will fund feeding programs, youth programs, and neighborhood programs and elderly services. For more information regarding the fun, please contact Bill Bechman at 212-801-3092.  www.heartandsoulfund.org

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