Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund Land of Dreams Gala: Mexico with Special Guest Carlos Slim & Honoring Howard Buffett

  Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund Land of Dreams Gala: Mexico with Special
                 Guest Carlos Slim & Honoring Howard Buffett

Carlos Slim, Special Guest

Lynne Greene, Group President,The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. / Global
President, Clinique, Honored Partner

Howard G. Buffett, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Don Juan Beckmann Vidal, Chairman of Jose Cuervo, Honoree

Marc Anthony Evening's Musical Guest

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Happy
Hearts Fund (HHF), Petra Nemcova and special guest Carlos Slim hosted the 2012
Happy Hearts Fund Land of Dreams: Mexico Gala at the Metropolitan Pavilion in
New York City where a partnership between The Carlos Slim Foundation and Happy
Hearts Fund was announced. The partnership will rebuild schools in Mexico
beginning in Veracruz. Founded by Petra Nemcova is 2006, Happy Hearts Fund is
a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring hope
and opportunity in the lives of children after natural disaster. Happy Hearts
Fund works during the period after emergency response is complete,
implementing sustainable practices to ensure a lasting impact.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121212/NY28640 )

As guests entered the Metropolitan Pavilion they were given a 'passport' and
greeted by flight attendants who invited them to betransported to cities
throughout Mexico visually and artistically for a unique and interactive
sensory experience. Each year theLand of Dream's Gala showcases the treasures
of a country where Happy Hearts Fund has a presence."Tonight was about
celebrating the treasures of Mexico, rebuilding schools andthe importance of
a sustained response after natural disasters. Our guests from around the world
have shown howinterdependentwe are and how coming together we can transform
the world," statedFounder and Chair, Petra Nemcova. 

Accepting the Honored Partner award was Lynne Greene, Group President, The
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. / Global President, Clinique. Clinique, a leader
in global beauty, recently announced a multi-year partnership with Happy
Hearts Fund, that included the launch of a limited edition "Happy Heart"
30mlfragrance and t-shirt with the message 'Make Someone Happy' that will
benefit Happy Hearts Fund.

"Education is the single greatest opportunity one can give to a child. It is
the passport to brighter possibilities, transforming individuals, families and
communities along the way. Together with Happy Hearts Fund, it is our mission
to put a smile on the face of every child we touch and together we can
accomplish great things" said Lynne Greene, Group President, The Estee Lauder
Companies, Inc. / Global President, Clinique.

During the Gala it was announced that United Airlines has become the official
airline of Happy Hearts Fund. Phillip Caputo, Happy Hearts Fund Executive
Director, speaking about the United partnership stated, "Having a global
airline partner gives Happy Hearts the opportunity of having a direct presence
at our schools around the world. United has long shown a commitment to
natural disaster response by providing much needed logistical support and
transporting of life-saving supplies. Now, through this partnership, United
is again leading the way by making a commitment to the sustained response of
natural disasters."

Happy Hearts Fund presented Howard G. Buffett, president of the Howard G.
Buffett Foundation, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and announced their
partnership which begins with the rebuilding of a school in Peru. Don Juan
Beckmann Vidal, Chairman of Jose Cuervowas award the Heart of Gold Award for
his philanthropic work throughout Mexico. Simon de Pury, the evening's
auctioneer entertained the guests with his humor and passion for the event.
The evening's auction raised nearly $2.2 million to build 30 new schools in
disaster affected areas of Peru, Indonesia, Haiti and in
Mexico.

Nicole Lapin served as the evening's emcee and guests were entertained by
five-time Grammy Award winner Marc Anthony.

Notable attendees for the evening included: Petra Nemcova (Founder and
Chair), Grammy Winner Marc Anthony (Musical Guest), Carlos Slim (Special
Guest), Howard G. Buffett (Honoree), Lynne Greene (Honoree for Group
President, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc./ Global President, Clinique), Heba
Abedin, Chase Blackburn (NY Giants), Romero Britto, Nicole Lapin
(Emcee),Honorable Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti, Roy & Barbara
March, Steve McCurry, Simon de Pury (Auctioneer), Honorable Carlos Sada,
Consul General of Mexico, Russell Simmons (Board Member), Judith Missoni,
William Lauder, Summer Rayne Oakes, Don Juan Beckmann Vidal, Chairman Jose
Cuervo(Honoree), Veronica Varekova, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Alina Baikova,
Svetlana Nemkova, Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Archie Punjabi (The Good
Wife), Tie Domi (Hockey Player), and Vivienne Tam (Designer).

Happy Hearts Fund is active in six countries and has built or rebuilt over 70
schools and kindergartens. Since its inception, the Fund's programs have
benefited more than 40,000 children and 337,000 community members.
www.happyheartsfund.org

SOURCE Happy Hearts Fund

Website: http://www.happyheartsfund.org
Contact: Daniella DiMartino/ Lisa Lori Communications, +1-203-228-5090,
di-martino@lisalori.com
 
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