On Saturday, April 21, 2012, award-winning actress, artist and philanthropist Jane Seymour and her husband, director, producer and writer, James Keach hosted a star-studded event at their home in Malibu, California for the 2nd annual celebration of the Open Hearts Foundation, dedicated to raise funds to enrich the lives of children in the areas of health, education, arts and sports.
Four honorees, who embody the Foundation’s mission, were celebrated at the event and received the prestigious Open Heart Award, including Roxanna & John Green (The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation), Rodney & Holly Robinson Peete (HollyRod Foundation), Kristi Yamaguchi (Always Dream Foundation) and Kim & Glen Campbell (Alzheimer’s Association). A first-ever Open Hearts Patriot Award was also presented to Annie Nelson, Executive Director of American Soldier Network.
Music legend Jimmy Webb, football great Marcus Allen and Olympic gold-medalist Brian Boitano all served as the evening’s presenters, and were just some of the 350 guests celebrating with style under the VIP tent on the Keach’s tennis court. The evening featured a special musical performance by recording artists Instant People (which includes three of Campbell’s children), LP and Grammy-award winner Marc Cohn (joined by wife ABC 20/20’s Elizabeth Vargas.) CNN’s Headline News anchor Christi Paul served as the evening’s emcee.
Some Fab highlights from the event:
· History was made as Glen Campbell and renowned songwriter Jimmy Webb took the stage together for a rare performance together. Tugging at guests’ heartstrings, the longtime friends and musical collaborators performed Grammy award-winning songs, including Wichita Lineman. Campbell, noticeably suffering the full ramifications of his public battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was guided by Webb to recall the lyrics to many of his hit songs. When accepting their Open Heart Award from Webb (and wife Laura Savini), Kim Campbell spoke eloquently about her family’s decision to shed light on Campbell’s struggles and challenges living with the disease. Campbell received numerous standing ovations for his spirited performance.
· Proud parents, Jane Seymour and James Keach, beamed as their talented son, Johnny Keach (named after Godfather and musical great, Johnny Cash), took the stage and performed original material with a group of gospel singers under the name, The Associates.
· John and Roxanna Green, parents of the late-Christina Taylor Green who was born on September 11th and tragically shot in the Gabby Giffords’ shooting, accepted the Open Heart award from Jane Seymour and claimed that this was the first public event that left them “feeling happy and encouraged instead of sad.” Inspired by their story and eloquence, Grammy-award winning singer Marc Cohn, touchingly dedicated his performance to 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green’s memory. Honorees Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete both shared heartfelt remarks about how the Green’s story inspired them and the rest of America.
Through the Open Hearts Foundation, Seymour and husband Keach hope to bring the Open Heart movement into communities worldwide and encourage others to use life’s challenges to inspire and motivate others to do good.
More information about the Open Hearts Foundation HERE