What Oil Slump?

Red hot Heart Ball rocks expectations, surpasses goal by bringing in $2.6 million

Red hot Heart Ball rocks expectations, brings in $2.6 million

Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Catherine Higgins, John Higgins, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen
Catherine Higgins, John Higgins, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun, Molly Crownover, Jim Crownover
David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun, Molly Crownover, Jim Crownover. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Tim Neumann, Roxann Neumann, John Nau
Tim Neumann, Roxann Neumann, John Nau. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,Shawn Kavoussi, Jennifer Kavoussi, Sonya Brown, Howard Brown
Shawn Kavoussi, Jennifer Kavoussi, Sonya Brown, Howard Brown. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Kathy Goossen, Courtney Solleveld, Jenny Phan, Cara Morgan
Kathy Goossen, Courtney Solleveld, Jenny Phan, Cara Morgan. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Shamika Johnson, Melvin Johnson
Shamika Johnson, Melvin Johnson. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Dr. David McPherson, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen
Dr. David McPherson, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Amanda Weiser, Chad Solomon, Bella Barak
Amanda Weiser, Chad Solomon, Bella Barak. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Lauren Finkelstein, Scott Zamir
Lauren Finkelstein, Scott Zamir. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen, Midge LaPorte Epstein
Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen, Midge LaPorte Epstein. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Pat Breen, Linda McREynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds
Pat Breen, Linda McReynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Lilly Andress, Thurmon Andress
Lilly Andress, Thurmon Andress. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Marilynn Adame, Hallie Vanderhider, Julie Roberts
Marilynn Adame, Hallie Vanderhider, Julie Roberts. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Gurur Bilicler-Denktas, Ali Denktas
Gurur Bilicler-Denktas, Ali Denktas. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Melissa Lyles, Scott Lyles
Melissa Lyles, Scott Lyles. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Jeff Malone, Amanda Malone
Jeff Malone, Amanda Malone. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Dr. Daniel Penny, Summer Song
Dr. Daniel Penny, Summer Song. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Catherine Popeau,  Jean-Francois Popeau
Catherine Popeau, Jean-Francois Popeau. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Thomas Stenack, Catherine Brooker
Thomas Stenack, Catherine Brooker. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Catherine Higgins, John Higgins, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun, Molly Crownover, Jim Crownover
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Tim Neumann, Roxann Neumann, John Nau
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,Shawn Kavoussi, Jennifer Kavoussi, Sonya Brown, Howard Brown
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Kathy Goossen, Courtney Solleveld, Jenny Phan, Cara Morgan
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Shamika Johnson, Melvin Johnson
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Dr. David McPherson, Lacey Goossen, Matthew Goossen
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Amanda Weiser, Chad Solomon, Bella Barak
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Lauren Finkelstein, Scott Zamir
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen, Midge LaPorte Epstein
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Pat Breen, Linda McREynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Lilly Andress, Thurmon Andress
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Marilynn Adame, Hallie Vanderhider, Julie Roberts
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Gurur Bilicler-Denktas, Ali Denktas
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Melissa Lyles, Scott Lyles
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Jeff Malone, Amanda Malone
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016,  Dr. Daniel Penny, Summer Song
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Catherine Popeau,  Jean-Francois Popeau
Heart Ball, Feb. 2016, Thomas Stenack, Catherine Brooker

Proving prognosticators wrong on at least one point regarding the oil slump's effects on the city, the American Heart Association Houston "Heart Ball" raked in a record-breaking $2.6 million Saturday night, exceeding what many would consider an already ambitious goal of $2.4 million. The unprecedented total was reached thanks to an anonymous donor ponying up $250,000 in the ballroom that night.

"This by far was one of the most memorable Heart Balls held in our event’s 33-year history," one team player noted.

Applause, applause for Lacey and Matthew Goossen, who chaired "The Romance of Havana" gala held at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (They are the youngest individuals to have ever chaired the black-tie gala.) Kudos also to auction co-chairs Mel Johnson and Eric Weiser. And muchas gracias to presenting sponsors Lexus and Silver Eagle Distributors.

The eminence of the honorees likewise contributed to the evening's success with Molly and Jim Crownover as community honorees, Silver Eagle Distributors as the corporate honoree (CEO John Nau a long-time supporter of the AHA), and Dr. David McPherson as medical honoree.

The excitement began in the ballroom foyer where a combo played Cuban-inspired tunes while stilt walkers, costumed as birds of the Caribbean, entertained guests. Inside the ballroom, A Memorable Event filled the space with shades of Havana at sunset. Chandeliers of pink, orange and gold ribbons swayed above the dinner tables while the space above the dance floor was strung with party lights. 

Joining the energized scene were AHA board chair Jason Few and wife Arvia, board president Dr. Miguel Quinones and wife Maria, Kristin and Jay Waring, Steph and Al Walker, Joanne Houck and Timothy Singletary, Jenn and Jeff Parent, Beth Wolff, Leslie and Jack Blanton, Roxann and Tim Neumann and Lilly and Thurmon Andress.

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