"Giving. Without giving, life is incredibly incomplete," said Arianna Huffington, president, founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.
Arianna Huffington spoke about giving and redefining success during Family Centers' Annual Center for HOPE Luncheon on Wednesday.
"When we define the whole of life, when we define success just in terms of the first two metrics, of money and power, we are never truly fufilled. When we include our well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving; and this afternoon's luncheon is all about giving, then life is complete, there is purpose and meaning in life," said Huffington.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted two of the organizations programs - the Center for HOPE and the Den for Grieving Kids.
Bob Arnold, President & CEO of Family Center said, "The Center for HOPE is out there to help people who have life altering circumstances. There are a lot of people in our community who face critical illness, loss and some of the most difficult times you can face in life. The Center for HOPE is there [for those people] as is the Den for Grieving Kids, for families who have lost a family member."
During the luncheon, Barbara Netter, President & Co-founder of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy received the Ray of Hope award for her volunteer efforts at the Den for Grieving Kids.
"I worked for the Den for Grieving Kids for 12 year. That was really a wonderful experience. Certainly giving a great deal of hope to these families," said Netter.
In her keynote address, Arianna Huffington said the work being done at the Center for HOPE and the message of her book Thrive are connected.
"It is really essential. Not just for the community and for the people in pain who are being helped, but also for the people helping. It really completes the circle of life. We are meant to live lives that are not just about ourselves. When we live our life simply for ourselves, we pay a price whether we realize it or not. You see a lot of people who are depressed or addicted, wondering what life is about even if they have the first two metrics of success - money and power. Giving is really an antidote to that."
For more information about the Center for HOPE, visit www.centerforhope.org.