The Heart Ball with the American Heart Association

The Heart Ball offers a celebration of life and recognizes survivors The Washington community comes together to celebrate life and to raise funds for cardiovascular research and programming

(Tyson’s Corner, VA) American Heart Month activities continue with a black-tie affair, the 14th annual Heart Ball.  Proceeds from the Heart Ball benefit life saving research and education and advocacy campaigns by the American Heart Association. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of people in the United States today. Nearly 2,400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day – one death in every 37 seconds.  Though progress has been made in the reduction of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood and cholesterol, the lack of physical activity and an increase in obesity and uncontrolled hypertension continue to be areas of major concern.

WHAT: The Heart Ball is an elegant, black-tie celebration of life bringing together more than 600 of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia’s most prominent corporate, philanthropists, health care and community leaders for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, live entertainment and live and silent auctions.  We honor survivors of heart disease and stroke and hear their stories first hand.  Heart disease and strokes do not discriminate. Children, teenagers, men and women will share their inspirational stories of survival and recovery.  Members of the Military will be honored  – specifically Military doctors who have helped to save the lives of our men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 6:30pm-Midnight
•       6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception, including Silent Auction
•       8:20 p.m. – Opening remarks, Dinner, Live Auction
•       9:30 p.m. – Dancing to live entertainment by Retrospect
•       Midnight – Evening concludes

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1700 Tyson’s Boulevard, McLean, VA 22102

WHO:
•       Candy Duncan, Managing Partner, KPMG and 2012 Heart Ball Co-Chair and Matthew Voorhies, Chief Executive Office/Co-Founder of Anybill and 2012 Heart Ball Co-Chair
•       Heart Hero Honorees (TBA)
•       Faces of Heart Honorees (TBA)
•       Leon Harris and Jennifer Donelan, WJLA news anchors and guest MCs
•       Prominent business leaders, cardiologists and dignitaries from the Greater Washington Region

WHY:  Events such as the 14th Anniversary Heart Ball bring the community together to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and raise money for research. The fact is that heart disease kills more people annually than the next five causes of death combined – and this is a shocking statistic to many. The key is to raise awareness on issues like the fact that while 1 in 31 women will die of breast cancer, almost one in three will die from a cardiovascular disease.

The funds raised by the Heart Ball go towards local community outreach efforts to educate the public about heart disease, stroke and the effects of childhood obesity. For example, the American Heart Association works with many local organizations to provide fitness programs for children of communities in need. The District has some of the worst levels of childhood obesity, so funds from the Heart Ball have been directed to address this specific local issue.
Funds also go towards critical cardiovascular research. Research funded by the American Heart Association has lead to important scientific breakthroughs that include: Artificial Valves, CPR, Clot-Busting Drugs, Pacemakers, Angioplasty, Bypass Surgery, Medicines to Control High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. It has also led to important discoveries like the link between smoking and heart disease and to food labeling guidelines.
MEDIA R.S.V.P: The media will have the opportunity to talk to survivors, the medical community and business leaders, and American Heart Association representatives.  Photographers and reporters wishing to cover this event should contact Roxana Hoveyda, Roxana.hoveyda@heart.org or 703-248-1712.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more visit www.dcheartball.com.
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