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