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American Heart Association Heart Ball

Calling All Heart Heroes

Story by Bill Bannister | Photos by Don Perry

The Mid-South chapter of the American Heart Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year was held at The Peabody. More than 500 supporters were welcomed by the University of Memphis Pom Squad into the Forest and Venetian Ballrooms for a cocktail reception. Guests perused more than 65 items in the silent auction. Treasures included gift certificates from Capital Grille, Wiseacre Brewing Company and Sarkis Kish Oriental Rugs. There was a Memphis Tigers basketball autographed by coach Penny Hardaway, dinner at Chez Philippe at The Peabody, and a one-night stay at the Guesthouse at Graceland. Local artist Stacey Saed Ferguson created a beautiful live oil painting, which was sold at the live auction during dinner. 

As the doors of the Grand Ballroom opened, guests were seated for a sumptuous three-course meal that began with a hearts of Romaine salad with goat cheese cremeux and an olive tapenade pinwheel. The main course was a petite filet mignon with balsamic sauce paired with seared halibut in a limoncello sauce with sides of roasted artichokes, lemon-scented asparagus, carrots, potatoes au gratin and heirloom tomatoes. Desserts included a trio chocolate; mousse, flourless chocolate cake with bittersweet tart, and a mouth-watering red velvet cake with Key Lime pie. 

After an exciting and fast-paced live auction, party-goers danced into the night to the sounds of Burning Las Vegas. The 2019 Mid-South Heart Ball chairs were Dr. Roy and Lydia Bors-Koefoed.

Thanks to the efforts and tireless work of the Mid-South chapter of the American Heart Association, huge advancements in education, awareness and advocacy have been made in the field of heart health. For example, as a result of these efforts, six Shelby County Schools have an American Heart Association Teaching Garden to teach students the importance of a well-balanced heart healthy diet. Every high school in our county has a CPR kit. In addition, every child born in the state of Tennessee is now screened for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital.

Last year, through the advocacy of the American Heart Association, school-aged children were provided with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week by a certified P. E. teacher. These important milestones have been made possible by a team of dedicated professional physicians and the donors who provide the vital funds necessary to make these things possible. 


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