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Global Heart Awards Pre-Event at Club Colette



Presented by the Tree of Life Foundation International

Photos by:  Lucien Capehart Photography

Lauren and Amanda Schumacher, and Helen Messic

Lauren and Amanda Schumacher, and Helen Messic

Robin Bernstein, Ram Shetty and Gita Shetty, and Richard Bernstein

Robin Bernstein, Ram and Gita Shetty, and Richard Bernstein

Dr Terry Maple and Addie Maple

Dr Terry and Addie Maple


PALM BEACH (January 15, 2011) Committee members and honorees are in good cheer with the success of Wednesday nights pre-event for the Global Heart Awards held at Club Colette and hosted by Amanda and Chuck Schumacher.  A crowd filled Club Colette to honor recipients of the Tree of Life Foundation International’s esteemed award.  Guests included:  Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kellogg, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holmes, Ms. Hope Alswang, Mr. David Miller, Ms. Anka Palitz, Ms. Joy Humphries, Mr. Robert Needle, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hayes.  

The Global Heart Awards will take place Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach and honors those who represent each branch of the Tree of Life Foundation International.  Branches include: Animals, arts, clothing, energy, education, environment, food, global challenges, homeless, housing, human rights, logistics, media, medicine, orphanages, philanthropics, professionals, science and technology, sports, addiction and substance abuse, and ambassadors. Honorees are chosen for their acts of generosity and goodwill and include extraordinary men, women, and organizations that exist on a local, national, and international scale.

The 2011 Global Heart Awards, presented by the Tree of Life Foundation International, will be hosted by Nancy Stafford, (Part of cast from Emmy Award winner TV show
“St. Elsewhere”), and Sean Wolfington, (Award winner at
the Toronto International Film Festival for Bella 2006) and Amanda Schumacher. 

Nominees for the 2011 Global Heart Awards include
(by category in alphabetical order):


Addiction: CARP, Inc- Robert Needle

Animals: Humane Society of Greater Miami- Michelle Headley, the Palm Beach Zoo- Terry Maple M.D., and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League- David Miller

Arts: Palm Beach Dramaworks- Bill Hayes

Arts: Dance, Miami City Ballet- Pamela Gardiner

Arts: Film - Animated Family Films- Johan Sturm, Prelude Pictures- Mark Koch

Film: Screen Writer/ Director - Turkles- Frank Eberling

Arts: Film Producer - Turkles- Kim Stryker

Arts: Fine Art - Norton Museum of Art- Hope Alswang

Wally Findlay Galleries- James R. Borynack

Arts: Music - Carma Foundation-Melky Jean

Arts: Theater - Maltz  Jupiter Theatre –Tricia Trimble

Arts :Writer- Passport Please- Pete Nielsen

Clothing: Dress for Success Miami- Sonia Jacobson

Environment: Audubon Society of the Everglades- Linda Humphries

Food: Boca Helping Hands- James Gavrilos  and Food for the Poor-  Robin Mahfood

Global Challenges: Racing to the Rescue- Alan D. Mentser 

Homeless: St. Ann Place- Sister Carleen Cekal and The Lord’s Place- Diana Stanley

Human Rights: Yele Haiti- Hugh Locke

Logistic: Missionary Flights International- Richard Snook

Media: Chaundra Bill-Rabenecker and Tim Malloy

Medical: Be a Star Foundation, Inc.- Julie Healey and Little Smiles- Paul Donohue

Orphanage: Friends of the Orphans- Sharon Saxelby

Sport: Mike Schmidt

Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Varian

Current sponsors and underwriters for the 2011 Global Heart Awards include: Schumacher Infiniti of the Palm Beaches, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.  In addition to the celebration, the Global Heart Awards will be raffling off a 2010 Infinity Convertible good for a two-year lease and up to 10,000 miles per year.

Amanda Schumacher founded the Tree of Life Foundation International years ago with the mission to connect and consolidate global resources and charitable entities to enhance the lives of those in need through networking and fundraising efforts with a focus on people, animals, and the environment.  The organization is a 501 (C)(3) global fundraising organization that connects the gifts and talents of individuals with resources of specific charitable organizations to market worldwide programs.  Tickets for the Global Heart Awards start at $425.00 and are tax deductible. Table sponsors start at $3,500 and go up to $25,000.

To learn more on how you can be part of this prestigious event and for additional information on becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets, please call 561-833-1533 or email:  



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