The Phoenix Heart Ball celebrated its 53rd annual gala on Nov. 17 and has raised some $1.2 million to date. The memorable black-tie affair at the Phoenician Resort and Spa celebrated the American Heart Association’s (AHA) global achievements while helping to raise critical dollars to support both national and local research initiatives. Since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball has raised over $34 million dollars for education and research. Gala chairman Lynne Love and her husband Mark are pictured at right.
She notes “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.” Also serving on the executive committee were Susan S. Doria, chairman-elect; Shannon Magruder Barthelemy and Lisa Shapiro, vice chairmen; Lisa and Al Molina, honorary chairmen and Linda Pope-Sweetheart.
The elegant evening welcomed over 600 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 event included Discount Tire/Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation (Bruce and Diane Halle are pictured at left), Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pope, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & 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.
Trees were the underlying theme for the gala décor, reflecting the longevity and history associated with the Phoenix Heart Ball. Check out complete details of the Phoenix Heart Ball.