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Heart and Stroke Ball

American Heart Association Fundraiser

Story by Gaye Swan  | Photos by Don Perry 

An elegantly dressed crowd of generous Memphians attended the Heart and Stroke Ball to benefit the Mid-South Chapter of the American Heart Association. The evening began with a social hour and silent auction in the beautifully decorated Venetian and Forest Ballrooms at The Peabody. Attendees sipped cocktails and bid on over 65 items in categories including sports, travel, wine, art, and health and wellness.

Guests were seated in the Grand Ballroom for a delicious three-course meal, beginning with a salad of chopped romaine, hearts of palm, fresh avocado, grilled corn, tomatoes and tortilla strips. The heart-healthy main course featured petite filet mignon in a balsamic sauce and seared halibut in Limoncello sauce, roasted artichokes, lemon-scented asparagus, carrots, potatoes au gratin, and heirloom tomato. The mouthwatering desserts were a choice of a chocolate trio or a Southern sweets trio.

An entertaining and face-paced live auction followed dinner. Excited supporters bid on a five-course wine cellar dinner for 10 at Horseshoe Casino, a suite at the FedEx Forum for a Grizzlies or Tigers event, a fine art piece from Belle Roth in New York, a one-week stay at Estate La Croix in the US Virgin Islands, a one-week stay in Colorado’s Mann-Hole West townhome, beautiful jewelry from Mednikow, and a pre-paid two-year lease on the bidder’s choice of one of six automobiles from Landers Auto Group. A highlight of the evening was a touching video documenting the stories of two very different survivors and their families. Both appeared after the showing to a standing ovation from the crowd. After the presentation, partygoers took to the dance floor to the lively sounds of Burning Las Vegas.

Kent Ritchey, President of Landers Auto Group, was the 2020 event chair. “I am truly honored to be this year’s Heart and Stroke Ball Chair, but I did not do it alone,” Ritchey said. “I had the privilege of working alongside a dedicated group of volunteers on our Executive Leadership Team and my co-chair, Dr. Steven S. Gubin of Stern Cardiovascular Foundation. Tonight is about celebrating the gift of time—more time we can spend with our families and friends, thanks largely to the research, advocacy and resources of the American Heart Association. I’m proud to announce we surpassed our goal and raised nearly $770,000 for the Mid-South American Heart Association!” 


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