Hearts Unite the Globe Update

New HUG Logo

To make it easier for people to understand that Hearts Unite the Globe is for the congenital heart defect (CHD) community, we have revised our logo. We hope this makes it even easier for people to understand what HUG is all about.

We have been working very hard on our programming and are already half-way through Season 8 of Heart to Heart with Anna. Our theme this season is “Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects” and we’ve had a wonderful time interviewing Guests about topics of interest to adults with congenital heart defects and the parents who either have adult CHD children or hope to have adult CHD children someday.

Look for some new programming in the fall of 2016! We’re hoping to bring 2 or 3 new podcasts to our network of programs for the CHD community. Look for a couple of fundraisers to be announced soon, too. These fundraisers will help us develop new programs to help the CHD community feel enriched, empowered and educated.

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HUG Fundraiser April 19, 2015, 2-4 pm. Join Us!

Hearts Unite the Globe Fundraiser April 19, 2015

Hearts Unite the Globe Fundraiser April 19, 2015

You are invited to the first-ever fundraiser for Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG), a new 501 (c) (3) organization devoted to empowering the congenital heart defect community.  The event will be this coming Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 2-4 pm in the Community Room of the Ronald McDonald House at the Dell Children’s Center in Austin.

Texas Stars Gift Basket

Texas Stars Gift Basket

Attendees will have the chance to bid on Silent Auction items, including a gift baskets from the Texas Stars hockey team, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Baby Hearts Press, gourmet baked goods, Austin symphony tickets and more!  There will be entertainment, door prizes, and a raffle of this exquisite Tree of Life hand-crocheted afgan.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tree of Life Afghan

Tree of Life Afghan

Hearts Unite the Globe Fundraiser 50 Shades of Green

Join us April 19th, 2:00-4:00, for an afternoon of fun, learning, and growth:

  • Laura Redfern, Certified Financial Planner, will share 5 principals on growing your personal finances
  • Khamphoy Sayavong, Motivational Speaker, will inspire you to cultivate a culture of optimism
  • Anna Jaworski, President, will reveal the new growth of Hearts Unite the Globe and how its mission supports the Congenital Heart Defects Community
  • Enjoy music, refreshments, and camaraderie
  • Participate in the silent auction
  • Obtain tickets for the Tree of Life Afghan raffle

Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG), is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich, educate and empower members of the Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Community.

Please join us and help us to grow!

Tickets $10 – available at the door or at heartsunitetheglobe.com

You must be present to win the silent auction items. You need not be present to win the Tree of Life afghan (just make sure your address is on your ticket).

50 Shades of Green Fundraiser April 19, Austin

Spring into action at the HUG Fundraiser!

Spring into action at the HUG Fundraiser!

The first fundraiser for Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) is coming up April 19, 2015 at the Ronald McDonald House at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin. Come join us for fun, prizes, and the chance to

Tacos, tacos, tacos!

Tacos, tacos, tacos!

bid on great auction items. You might win two tickets to the Austin Symphony, delicious tacos from Taco Deli, or lots more!

Everything benefits HUG in its work to empower families coping with congential heart defects.  Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. They affect at least 1 in 100 newborns. Each year, more than 40,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects.

Tickets are available through Hearts Unite the Globe on Facebook or at the door. Call 512-472-9844 for more information the day of the event.

Hear the Austin Symphony!

Hear the Austin Symphony!

Buy Your Tickets Now for April 19 HUG Fundraiser!

Donations for the silent auction and other prizes are pouring in for the 50 Shades of Green Fundraiser, April 19, 2015 from 2-4 pm at the Ronald McDonald House Community Room, 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, Texas, benefitting Hearts Unite the Globe.

50 Shades of Green Afghan

50 Shades of Green Afghan

You could win a Samsung Galaxy tablet, tickets to the Austin Symphony, or one of two gorgeous

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

afgans for those chilly winter nights. Amy’s Ice Cream and Tiff’s Treats have donated coupons for free icy delights, and Subway has donated coupons for several dinners-for-two.   And there’s more coming in everyday!

Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased online through the HUG Facebook page, or at the door. It’s going to be fun with music, a silent auction, a raffle, door prizes and more.

Tree of Life Afghan

Tree of Life Afghan

All proceeds help Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) support the congenital heart defects community through the Heart to Heart with Anna internet radio show, books on living with CHD for hospitals, and online information.

Amy's Ice Cream

Amy’s Ice Cream

Join Us at the HUG Fund-Raiser April 19, 2015 from 2-4 pm

 

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Please join us from 2-4 pm. on April 19, 2015 at the Ronald McDonald House Community Room, 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, Texas for a fundraiser and silent auction benefitting Hearts Unite the Globe.

We’re calling it “50 Shades of Green” because HUG is going through a period of rebirth! Just like springtime, where everything is new again, HUG has now received its 501(c)(3) charitable designation from the IRS so now we are starting fresh.  HUG empowers the congenital heart defect community with information and emotional support, but we need your help. Please come to our HUG Debut Event to support HUG and help the CHD community! It’s going to be fun with music, a silent auction, a raffle, door prizes and more.

Tickets are available through Hearts Unite the Globe on Facebook or at the door.  Call 512-472-9844 for more information the day of the event.

 

Help Hearts Unite the Globe Help Others

Help Hearts Unite the Globe Help Others

Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) Unveiled!

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We have finally received our 501(c)3 status from the IRS! Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) is now considered a public charity. Now we have a great deal to do to make the nonprofit organization sustainable and work on making a difference in the congenital heart defect (CHD) community.

Even before we received our nonprofit status, we have been operating as a nonprofit entity. The main focus of our organization has been communication, communication, communication. I started that years ago with the help of some great people who helped me create websites and put material on the Internet to make all of the language and concepts discussed in the CHD community more easily understandable to people who aren’t medically trained.

Sue Dove was awesome about helping me move some of the information I had on Baby Hearts Press to a new website — Congenital Heart Defects.com. Before long we had over 100 free pages of information — everything from medical terms and definitions that are easy to understand to summer camps for kids with CHDs to forums where parents could post questions. Facebook has been able to handle the last need better than we could on our forum and it will be eliminated when we revamp that website.

Beyond the website and our books as a means of communication, we started a radio show to empower the CHD community. “Heart to Heart with Anna” started in 2013 and is preparing to launch its third season. In the coming years we’ll be adding other forms of communication, too.

We hope that Hearts Unite the Globe will be an organization that helps unite all of the other CHD organizations. With our website and through our other forms of communication, we can embrace what each of the other organizations has to offer. One of the biggest problems we’ve had in the heart world regarding advocacy has been that our many organizations have actually fragmented our world. We want HUG to embrace them all, unite them and help us provide a unified front to the world. Won’t you join us?