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Houstonians keep the beat going, raise $3 million for the American Heart Association

Houstonians keep the beat, raise $3 million at Heart Ball

Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Matthew Goossen, Lacey Goossen, Marty Goossen, Kathy Goossen, Jay Goossen
Matthew Goossen, Lacey Goossen, Marty Goossen, Kathy Goossen, and Jay Goossen. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston Heart Ball, Chita Johnson, February 2018
Chita Craft.  Courtesy photo
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Yulia Verekennikova, Dr. Daniel Penny
Yulia Verekennikova, Daniel Penny. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Kate Flournoy, Charles Flournoy
Kate Flournoy and Charles Flournoy. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Dr. Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips with embroidered "The Beat Goes On" collar. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Cathy and Joe Cleary
Cathy and Joe Cleary. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Karen Henry, Anita O'Shaughnessy
Karen Henry and Anita O'Shaughnessy. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, James Guest, Yara El-Sayed Guest, Catherine Poupeau, Jean Francois Poupeau
James Guest, Yara El-Sayed Guest, Catherine Poupeau, and Jean Francois Poupeau. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Tony Bradfield, Marguerite Swartz, Kevin Black
Tony Bradfield, Marguerite Swartz, and Kevin Black. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, UH Drumline
University of Houston Drumline. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Matthew Goossen, Lacey Goossen, Marty Goossen, Kathy Goossen, Jay Goossen
Houston Heart Ball, Chita Johnson, February 2018
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Yulia Verekennikova, Dr. Daniel Penny
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Kate Flournoy, Charles Flournoy
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Dr. Robert Phillips
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Cathy and Joe Cleary
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Karen Henry, Anita O'Shaughnessy
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, James Guest, Yara El-Sayed Guest, Catherine Poupeau, Jean Francois Poupeau
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, Tony Bradfield, Marguerite Swartz, Kevin Black
Houston, Heart Ball, February 2018, UH Drumline

More than 1,000 guests turned out to the Hilton Americas-Houston for the 2018 Heart Ball, themed “The Beat Goes On, the Need Goes On,” sponsored by Harvey Builders.

Chaired by Cathy and Joe Cleary, the black-tie occasion celebrated the Ball's 35th anniversary with the addition of a wine auction, featuring an extensive roster of stellar labels and vintages. 

Funds from the wine auction, plus live and silent auction items — including a 7.75-carat diamond and pink sapphire platinum necklace provided Tenenbaum Jewelers — and the support of numerous guests raised a whopping $3 million (and still counting) for the American Heart Association, whose mission is to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke.

The evening, emceed by KHOU chief meteorologist David Paul, boasted lavish decor by special events company Ward and Ames, with eye-catching floral arrangements of roses in shades of apricot, coral, red, and pink created by The Senterpiece, and a multi-course dinner with beef filet, caramelized yams, whipped potatoes, and asparagus spears.

The University of Houston Drumline made a lively appearance and Party on the Moon provided high-energy tunes, ensuring the dance floor stayed packed.

Community honorees Brenda and Marc Watts, auction chair Franelle Rogers, fire chief Samuel Pena, council member Amanda Edwards, Justice Ken Wise, and wine auction chair Russ Labrasca came out to support the cause.

They were joined by Roz and Alan Pactor, Joan and John Pillow, Chita and Lane Craft, Karen Henry, Danny Ward, Nancy Ames, Maria and Dr. Miquel Quinonescy, Susan and Dick Hanson, Leila and Pat Gilbert, Beverly and Jim Postl, and Dr. Daniel Penny.