31st Annual Orange County Heart Ball


Charity Lives at the American Heart Associations OC Heart Ball!

Orange County Heart & Stroke Ball celebrates community partners, raises $600,000

IRVINE, Calif. (June 14, 2013) – Four hundred business and community leaders came together for the Orange County Heart & Stroke Ball to celebrate individuals and organizations that have supported the American Heart Association’s (AHA) mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The exclusive black-tie affair held on June 8 at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point raised $600,000, which will benefit the AHA’s heart and stroke research efforts and local community education programs.

The event featured toasts to the successes in the fight against heart disease and stroke in Orange County, made possible by the leadership and support of local volunteers, advocates and sponsors. The toasts were given by special guests Terry Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center, board member of the AHA in Orange County and chair of this year’s Heart and Stroke Ball; Amanda Fowler, Executive Director of Global Corporate Giving at Edwards Lifesciences; John Zehren, Vice President of Sales at Covidien; and retired business executive Dave Schlotterbeck, recipient of the AHA Western States Affiliate’s 2012 Philanthropist Of The Year award.

Scott Sherman, executive vice president of Human Resources for Allergan, shared the story of his 21-year-old daughter’s battle with congenital heart defect and made a special appeal for support for the AHA. The “Open Your Heart” special appeal drew donations totaling $165,000.

The Heart & Stroke Ball featured live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Among the auction items that attracted the highest bids include the Corum Men’s Timepiece which went for $12,000; Lake Tahoe Getaway plus $5,000 gift card to Sentient Jet which drew $8,500; and Wall of Wine, a collection of 25 bottles of wine, which fetched $5,000 from AHA Orange County Board President Mike Bolen who has won this item for the fifth year in a row.

The delightful dinner menu featured organic spinach salad in cucumber wrap with goat cheese, candied pecans, edible flowers, and shallot and herb vinaigrette. The main course was a duo entrée of dry rub New York steak with balsamic demi and pan seared scallops dressed with herb oil, tomato relish and buerre blanc passed tableside. The dinner came with a medley of summer vegetables and potato and leek cake. For dessert, guests enjoyed a combination of brownie layer cake topped with praline crunch, ganache, raspberry curd and white chocolate mousse, and vanilla-marinated strawberries with candied orange, micro cilantro, tequila gelee, coconut sorbet and pistachios.

The Heart and Stroke Ball was presented by UC Irvine Health and supported by gold sponsors Edwards Lifesciences and Hoag Hospital, silver sponsors Covidien and DevicePharm and bronze sponsors Abbott Medical Optics, The Allergan Foundation, Medtronic, MicroVention Terumo, Roth Staffing Companies, L.P., Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Union Bank. Riviera Magazine and Charity Lives were the media sponsors.

For information about next year’s Orange County Heart & Stroke Ball, visit www.heartandstrokeballoc.org or call (949) 885-1521.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. 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. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

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