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Hampton Roads Heart Ball Ignites!

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.

Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

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 Strohecker

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.

Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

$148,000 was raised at the Ball for heart disease and stroke research, and education in Hampton Roads.

Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

Emcee Tom Schaad assists with Live Auction. Photo by Michael Smid, MFS Photography

American Heart Association background and facts:

  • The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists and continues to work every day to advance groundbreaking medical research, spread lifesaving knowledge and achieve longer, stronger lives for people in our community.
  • The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Heart disease and stroke claim more lives than all other diseases combined putting people of all ages at risk, from infants to the elderly. On average 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That is an average of 1 death every 36 seconds.
  • Every American has been touched by heart disease or stroke in some way. Participating in the 2013 Hampton Roads Heart Ball Gala is a great way to help make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with cardiovascular disease in Hampton Roads.

Click HERE to contact the American Heart Association Hampton Roads.

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