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The Phoenix Heart Ball, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, celebrated its 53rd annual gala Saturday, Nov. 17th at the Phoenician Resort and Spa. The elegant evening welcomed over 625 guests and featured a cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner, the Gene Press Orchestra and dancing into the night.
Major donors at this year's Heart Ball included Bruce T. Halle Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pope, Freeport-Mcmoran Copper and Gold Inc., US Airways, Phoenix Suns Charities, Dignity Health, Mr and Mrs. Alfredo Molina, Swift Transportation, Ms. Martha S. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander and the Love Family Foundation.
This year's decor was provided by White House Flowers, and the underlying theme for the evening was trees, reflecting the longevity and history associated with the Phoenix Heart Ball.
Lynne Love served as Chairman of this year's successful Ball.
"It's been a true honor to continue the legacy of the Phoenix Heart Ball and support the American Heart Association by raising funds that provide the vital support needed for continued education and research," said Ms. Love.
"I encourage community partners to continue their support of this amazing and important cause in any way they can."
The Heart Ball and its educational initiatives are designed to empower guests and fellow community members to keep close tabs on their heart health and to recognize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women.
While heart disease is largely perceived as a "man's disease," it affects one in every three women and among birth defects, cardiovascular issues are among the most commonly seen problems.
Additionally, the Phoenix Heart Ball, held several year-round pre and post-Heart Ball events with an interactive and educational component designed to stir up community engagement and excitement.
So far this year the Phoenix Heart Ball has netted over $1 million dollars. Since 1959 the Phoenix Heart Ball has raised over $34 million dollars for education and research. Nationally, in 2011, Heart Ball campaigns raised just over $51 million nationwide, which allowed the association to fund over $123 million of research and programs to fight heart disease and stroke.
The association strives to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.