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Record breaker? This River Oaks gala's already brought in nearly $1 million and it's still months away

This River Oaks gala's already brought in nearly $1 million months out

11 Nick Diaz, from left, Bas Solleveld and Adam Ross at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Nick Diaz, from left, Bas Solleveld and Adam Ross. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
1 Alex McVarish, from left, Eleanor Cordua, Kathryn Hoppe and Caroline Fenn at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Alex McVarish, from left, Eleanor Cordua, Kathryn Hoppe and Caroline Fenn. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
15 Win and Denise Colbert at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Win and Denise Colbert. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
10 Michelle Meisenhalder, from left, Dr. Daniel Penny and Katie Pryor at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Michelle Meisenhalder, from left, Dr. Daniel Penny and Katie Pryor. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
8 Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Haralson and Karen Miller at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Haralson and Karen Miller. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
6 Drs. Robert Phillips and Julia Andrieni at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Drs. Robert Phillips and Julia Andrieni. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 Deon Dillard, from left, Julie Haralson, Karen Miller and Shataria Greene at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Deon Dillard, from left, Julie Haralson, Karen Miller and Shataria Greene. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
4 Catherine and Dr. John Higgins at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Catherine and Dr. John Higgins. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 Cammie and Mark Kennedy at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Cammie and Mark Kennedy. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 Carolyn and Frank Grese at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
 Carolyn and Frank Grese. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
14 Russ and Judy Labrasca, from left, and Bill and Glenanne Robinson at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
Russ and Judy Labrasca, from left, and Bill and Glenanne Robinson. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
11 Nick Diaz, from left, Bas Solleveld and Adam Ross at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
1 Alex McVarish, from left, Eleanor Cordua, Kathryn Hoppe and Caroline Fenn at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
15 Win and Denise Colbert at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
10 Michelle Meisenhalder, from left, Dr. Daniel Penny and Katie Pryor at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
8 Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Haralson and Karen Miller at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
6 Drs. Robert Phillips and Julia Andrieni at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
5 Deon Dillard, from left, Julie Haralson, Karen Miller and Shataria Greene at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
4 Catherine and Dr. John Higgins at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
2 Cammie and Mark Kennedy at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
3 Carolyn and Frank Grese at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014
14 Russ and Judy Labrasca, from left, and Bill and Glenanne Robinson at the Houston Heart Ball Kickoff at River Oaks Country Club October 2014

What: American Heart Association Heart Ball kickoff.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Not only were the 2015 gala honorees announced to the cocktail party crowd but gala chairs Brenda and Marc Watts shared news that they were more than half way to their fundraising goal of $1.5 million. With $950,000 already in the bank, the package of enticing auction items (a Houston Rockets road trip for four on a private jet) will surely add to the take. Applause, applause for auction chairs Judy and Russ Labrasca, and Amanda and Jeff Malone.

Community honorees for the Feb. 14 "Love Is in the Air" gala are Jeanne and Peter Kinnear. Medical honoree is Dr. Daniel Penny of Texas Children’s Hospital and Corporate honoree is FMC Technologies.

Who: Cammie and Mark Kennedy, Denise and Win Colbert, Catherine and Dr. John Higgins, Dr. Robert Phillips and Dr. Julia Andrieni, Glenanne and Bill Robinson, Leila Gilbert, Liz Jameson, Nick Dias, Joanne King Herring and Mary Ann McKeithan.

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