The Story Behind the Happy HeART Gallery – a Helping Hearts Council Fundraiser

Hi, my name is Damon Versaggi and I’m really bad and awkward at starting blog posts. I’m also a graphic designer born and bred out of Brooklyn, New York City. Currently, I’m a member of the Helping Hearts Council – Happy Hearts Fund’s council for young professionals – and I’ve been involved with Happy Hearts Fund going on 4 years. I have enjoyed every last minute of being associated with such a great cause. HHF not only rebuilds schools after natural disasters, but it also gives children and those around them a path towards a sun-bright future. When I first heard about HHF’s work, I was amazed by not only what they do for children, but also what they do for adults and for families in the communities where they work.


For me it’s just nice to be a part of something that brings so many different faces, names, ages, together for one common denominator. On the Helping Hearts Council you know that everyone involved genuinely enjoys helping – well I know I do. I’ve had the idea to create some sort of art gallery fundraising event for some time. I went to the School of Visual Arts here in New York City so I have the tendency to think art first (followed closely by food). I think that people love art galleries and love bidding on stuff that supports the arts and charity. The two naturally go hand in hand.

I was lucky enough to find many people on board with the idea so last month we were able to host the first Happy HeART Gallery Fundraiser. With the help of other Helping Hearts Council members like Olga, Lindsay, Lola, and many others, we were able to get amazing artwork and also the ideal gallery space at The Rox Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan all donated!



On the night of the event we had tons of people show up to bid, enjoy each other’s company, and support Happy Hearts Fund. The guests were taken care of by amazing sponsors like The Meatball Shop, Friends Fun Wine, and Blue Point Brewing Company.



All in all, we raised close to $6,000 and I hope that this is just the beginning. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event and I hope it continues to grow each year alongside HHF.

Lastly, I just want to say that if anyone reading this article ever feels the urge or desire to turn their passion into an awareness or fundraising event for HHF, I would highly recommend it. It’s equally fun and fulfilling to turn something you love to do or something that interests you into a way to give back. You can take the first step by shooting an email to [email protected] and the HHF team will help you figure out how to make your idea a reality.

Also, If you’re in the NYC area and would like to learn more about the Helping Hearts Council and what we’re all about, don’t hesitate to send an email to [email protected] We’re always looking for new, passionate professionals to get involved.

To see more photos from the event you can check out the facebook album here