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Red-hot, black-tie gala puts $1.1 million in the bank as Houston's heavy-hitters show their Heart

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10 Frank and Carolyn Grese, from left, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at Heart Ball February 2014
Chairs Frank and Carolyn Grese, left, congratulate community honorees Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at the Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 Anita and Gerald Smith at Heart Ball February 2014
Anita and Gerald Smith at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
19 Lee and Ty Tillman at Heart Ball February 2014
Marathon Oil CEO Lee Tilllman and wife Ty  at he Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 David Cordúa, from left, Sylia Gallegos and Lucia and Michael Cordúa at Heart Ball February 2014
David Cordúa, from left, Sylia Gallegos and Lucia and Michael Cordúa at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
9 Deborah Duncan at Heart Ball February 2014
Emcee Deborah Duncan delivers a light note to the Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
20 Margaret Alkek Williams and James Daniel at Heart Ball February 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and James Daniel at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
21 Dr. Igor Gregoric at Heart Ball February 2014
Medical honoree Dr. Igor Gregoric at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 Bill and Joann Crassas, from left, and Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at Heart Ball February 2014
Bill and Joann Crassas, from left, and Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
7 Dr. Aashish Shah and Roseann Rogers at Heart Ball February 2014
Dr. Aashish Shah and Roseann Rogers at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
14 Kenny and Jean Chapman at Heart Ball February 2014
Kenny and Jean Chapman at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
16 Joseph and Gina Cardello at Heart Ball February 2014
Joseph and Gina Cardello at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
17 Katy and Tanner Flood, from left, and Wanda and Tom Zimmerman at Heart Ball February 2014
Katy and Tanner Flood, from left, and Wanda and Tom Zimmerman at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
18 Lauren Baughman, from left, Ali Gray and Elizabeth Suffield at Heart Ball February 2014
Lauren Baughman, from left, Ali Gray and Elizabeth Suffield at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
28 Terrance and Diedra Fontaine, from left, and Illena and Michael Trevino at Heart Ball February 2014
Terrance and Diedra Fontaine, from left, and Illena and Michael Trevino at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
24 Roseanne Leal, from left, Mario Fazio and Amanda Barthlome at Heart Ball February 2014
Roseanne Leal, from left, Mario Fazio and Amanda Barthlome at Heart Ball. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
26 Silent auction at Heart Ball February 2014
The silent auction at Heart Ball takes place on the Hobby Center stage. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
10 Frank and Carolyn Grese, from left, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at Heart Ball February 2014
2 Anita and Gerald Smith at Heart Ball February 2014
19 Lee and Ty Tillman at Heart Ball February 2014
5 David Cordúa, from left, Sylia Gallegos and Lucia and Michael Cordúa at Heart Ball February 2014
9 Deborah Duncan at Heart Ball February 2014
20 Margaret Alkek Williams and James Daniel at Heart Ball February 2014
21 Dr. Igor Gregoric at Heart Ball February 2014
3 Bill and Joann Crassas, from left, and Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at Heart Ball February 2014
7 Dr. Aashish Shah and Roseann Rogers at Heart Ball February 2014
14 Kenny and Jean Chapman at Heart Ball February 2014
16 Joseph and Gina Cardello at Heart Ball February 2014
17 Katy and Tanner Flood, from left, and Wanda and Tom Zimmerman at Heart Ball February 2014
18 Lauren Baughman, from left, Ali Gray and Elizabeth Suffield at Heart Ball February 2014
28 Terrance and Diedra Fontaine, from left, and Illena and Michael Trevino at Heart Ball February 2014
24 Roseanne Leal, from left, Mario Fazio and Amanda Barthlome at Heart Ball February 2014
26 Silent auction at Heart Ball February 2014

As is tradition with the American Heart Association annual Heart Ball, this year themed "Ignite the Night," the ladies wore red and the greenbacks flowed. And, man, did they flow at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night. By the time the final raffle ticket for the 2014 Lexus IS 250 was sold and auction sales tallied, the black-tie gala had brought in $1.1 million.

Applause, applause for chairs Carolyn and Frank Grese, who welcomed more than 580 guests. Among them were the night's honorees — Community honorees Jan Carson and Tim Connolly; Corporate honoree Marathon Oil, represented by CEO Lee Tillman and wife Ty; and Medical honoree Dr. Igor Gregoric.

The partying spread across the Hobby Center with auction items, including the Lexus, presented on stage, dinner served in the grand lobby and the after party taking place in Artista where Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band performed. Chairing the late-night bash were Lauren Baughman, Ali Gray and Elizabeth Suffield.

Contributing to the million dollar take were guests including emcee Deborah Duncan, Beverly and Jim Postl, Arvia and Jason Few, Rosemary and Matt Schatzman, Susan and Dick Hansen, Margaret Williams and Jim Daniel, Nancy and Charles Davidson, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Denise and Dan Domeracki and Margie and Steven Wier.

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