Over 230 guests, including healthcare professionals, local business leaders, and supporters from the community attended the 2013 Hampton Roads Heart Ball Gala on Saturday, February 23rd at the Virginia Beach Hilton Oceanfront.
Chaired by B. Gray Randolph, Executive Vice President of CBRE, and locally sponsored by Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., and LifeNet, Inc., the elegant annual black-tie affair is the premier fundraising event for the local American Heart Association chapter.
From L-R Teri Arnold (American Heart Association), Tom Schaad, Anchor, WAVY TV-10 (Heart Ball emcee), Crystal Schaad. Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography
This year’s theme, “Ignite ” spoke to the need for continued investment in critical research, technology, and sharp minds, while serving as a reminder that “each of us can ignite the spark to inspire others and unite our community to advocate, live healthy and promote the American Heart Association.”
Highlights of the evening included live and silent auctions, a cocktail hour, and a delicious four-course seated dinner. Guests also heard an inspirational story from 7 year-old Ava Strohecker of how heart disease research saved her life.
Ava signed the “Step and Repeat” with “heart hugs.” Photo courtesy of American Heart Association.
In true Heart Ball fashion, guests enjoyed lighter moments like walking the red carpet, posing in front of the Heart Ball “Step and Repeat,” and dancing until midnight.
$148,000 was raised at the Ball for heart disease and stroke research, and education in Hampton Roads.
Emcee Tom Schaad assists with Live Auction. Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography
American Heart Association background and facts:
Click HERE to contact the American Heart Association Hampton Roads.
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