The 23rd annual Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21. This black-tie event is held to raise funds for, and awareness of congenital heart defects, which are the leading birth defects in children. This year, they hope to raise a record $600,000 to support life-saving education and advocacy work, all while highlighting the breakthroughs in cardiovascular research.Â We spoke with Courtney Burge, the Heart Ball director for the American Heart Association to find out more details about this great event.
How did the Heart Ball come to be?
It was started many years ago as a way to raise funds and awareness for our mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Whatâ€™s the theme for the 2015 Heart Ball?
The theme is Pop HeART â€“ itâ€™s a play on the Pop Art era from the â€˜60â€™s â€“ and we took our inspiration from this period of time when planning our dÃ©cor and color scheme
Is this your biggest event of the year? If not, what other big fundraisers do you have?
This is one of three signature fundraisers for the American Heart Association â€“ our other events are the Go Red for Women Luncheon in May, and the Heart Walk in September.
What can attendees expect for this yearâ€™s entertainment?
The Heart Ball is a truly special event, from start to finish. Our planning committee does a wonderful job of incorporating special details all night to ensure our guests have a great time â€“ from specialty cocktails, to fun photo stations, and an awesome band. This year we are excited to feature the Galaxy Band as our entertainment â€“ we guarantee the dance floor will be packed all night, so bring your dancing shoes!
What are some of the prizes up for grabs for this yearâ€™s silent and live auctions?
Our silent auction has something for everyone: sports memorabilia, concert tickets, spa packages, private dinners with local chefs, a Napa Valley getaway, a private tour at Woodford Reserve, and plenty of bourbon, wine and liquor baskets for those who love to entertain. We are excited to feature two Florida trips in our live auction, a special Thunder Over Louisville package, and the coveted Pappy Van Winkle 23 year. VT