We were so excited to see Happy Hearts Fund founder Petra Nemcova on the cover of Hamptons Magazine’s Fall Fashion 2014 issue!

In an interview with writer Andrew Mandell, Petra discussed her style, her inspiration, and of course, Happy Hearts Fund.


Here’s a snippet from the article:

December 26 marks the 10-year anniversary of the day that completely changed Petra Nemcova’s life. It was the day the tsunami struck Thailand … leaving the model with a broken pelvis and devastating the coastal community. “[I still] remember the tsunami wave that brought lots of suffering, and at the same time, right away, I remember the incredible wave of love and support from so many people around the world, especially in the US,” says Nemcova, who channeled the experience into the launch of her organization, Happy Hearts Fund, which rebuilds schools following natural disasters. The nine-year-old philanthropy launched its next mission on August 19—a 10-by-10 campaign that aims to raise $10 million before the charity’s 10th anniversary; the day marks the opening of its 90th school, and the organization is on track to open 100 schools by its decade milestone. “[We want to] change the negative connotation of the 10th anniversary of the tsunami wave and create a positive wave—a happy wave.”

Hamptons Inside

In the ensuing Q&A with Petra, writer Mandell asked: “Happy Hearts Fund is approaching its 10-year anniversary. What accomplishments are you most proud of?”

Petra replied: “From a numbers standpoint, [I am most proud of] reaching the 100th school by the 10th anniversary. We are adding two new countries this year—Colombia and the Philippines. I never thought that was going to be possible, because I started with a broken pelvis, not even being able to walk, but still having a very strong desire to help. When I started the foundation, we had to build one school. At the time, it was a big task. If somebody had told me when we started that we would build 100 schools, I would not have believed them. [Laughs]

Read more:t http://hamptons-magazine.com/personalities/articles/petra-nemcova-tells-andrew-mandell-about-fall-fashion-be-the-light-and-happy-hearts-fund#t41MCztElrrKg6uw.99

Many thanks to Hamptons Magazine for shining the spotlight on our cause!