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Updated:Sep 14,2017

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Kate and Eric Sudol Heart Ball Chair Announcement DallasKate and Eric Sudol to Chair 2017 Collin County Heart Ball

One of the first galas hosted at new Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star 

DALLAS, September 11, 2017
— A commercial real estate expert and Dallas Cowboys organization executive will chair one of the first galas to be held at the new Omni Frisco Hotel at the Dallas Cowboys Star Complex in Frisco on November 4th. Kate and Eric Sudol will help lead the charge supporting the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

Party-goers will dance “Under the Stars” at The Star. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on auction items which include trips to Telluride, Colorado and Bimini, an island in the Bahamas. Chef Richard Blankenship of the Omni Frisco Hotel is crafting the menu along with several of the hottest restaurants in North Texas. 

“The Collin County Heart Ball is unique in that you can come to one gala and actually experience several of the finest restaurants in the Metroplex at one time. In addition to the spectacular food Richard Blankenship creates, Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts and Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine are among the eateries that will have tasting stations,” said Chairwoman Kate Sudol who works for Cushman & Wakefield in the Headquarters Advisory Group. 

Last year’s Collin County Heart Ball raised $220,000 with more than 300 attendees. This year’s 3rd annual event hopes to build on that success with the Sudols at the helm and ReinHealth as the presenting sponsor.  

“It’s a premier event that is always a lot of fun, but there’s a bigger reason to get involved. The Association is set on improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. They want to do all this by 2020. We’re honored be part of what is sure to be an historic milestone,” said Chairman Eric Sudol, the Dallas Cowboys’ Vice President of Corporate Partnership Sales & Service who has worked for the Cowboys organization for eleven seasons.  

How the American Heart Association is making an impact in Collin County:

  • More than 157,000 children participated in AHA programs in 111 Collin County schools to get them moving more.
  • More than 17,000 adults and teens have been trained with AHA methods and materials in CPR, AED usage and basic lifesaving skills.   10,500 babies born in Collin County each year will receive a mandatory newborn screening for congenital heart defects and other diseases. 
  • The American Heart Association’s Dallas division holds at least six large fundraising events every year and three years ago decided to expand the focus to Collin County. 

“We see the tremendous growth in Collin County. We have to be nimble and react to it. The AHA is committing to working hard in the community to bring awareness to programs that will ultimately help save lives in Collin County,” said Dallas American Heart Association Executive Director Melissa Cameron. 

Collin County Heart Ball begins at 6 pm on November 4th at the Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at 

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