Monday, February 21, 2011
Open Heart Foundation Event
On Saturday night we had an inaugural Open Heart event at out home. close to 400 people attended and we were sold out. Everyone's generosity was extraordinary and the evening was so memorable. The tables were spectacular. Metal and candle lit crystal trees hung with Open heart ornaments and surrounded by a mix of beautiful fresh flowers as well as permanent botanicals from my new line JaneSeymourBotanicals.com. Mixing both fresh and artificial flowers made for spectacular color and design and everyone fell in love with the combination. The food was delicious and we drank Patron Tequila and our own JS Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We honored four people for opening their hearts to others. Pat & Emmitt Smith, Robin Roberts, Jesse Billauer and Susan Rizzo Vincent. Cheryl Burke presented to Pat & Emmitt and India.Arie to Robin. India also performed, impromptu, a part of her song that Robin helped write about opening your heart. Susan Rizzo was introduced by me- more to come on her story and how she continues to spread the Open Heart message. Jesse was introduced by Jose Pasillas and spoke so eloquently- moving us all to tears. During his speech the thunderstorm struck and the generator blew out. Fortunately nothing stops Jesse . he continued as our electricians who were also guests of the evening located temporary power. It was very dramatic. The entertainment began with the brilliant William Joseph on piano along with violin and cello. He was followed by our son Johnny's band PT5 Plead The Fifth who performed two songs with his father James playing harmonica. They were great. Then came Lea Maria Cappelli, a new young 16 year old singer who amazed everyone. Katharine McPhee blew us all away with her songs, especially her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. She was so sweet and so much fun- we played dress up in my closet before the show. Then came Jakob Dylan and one of the Wallflowers- such extraordinary music. To end the evening William & Katharine performed his Oh America Song and we were brought to tears. Too much to say in one blog. More to come.