On the evening before the Oscars, the clear winner was the American Heart Association and the Heart Ball at the DC Mandarin Oriental. Dave and Barbara Humpton, executive vice president of Montgomery Village Foundation and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies respectively, were the event Chairs and welcomed over 500 guests to the Greater Washington Heart Ball. The black tie affair was the grand finale of American Heart Month.
The party included live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, presentations and an official after-party. Funds raised by the Heart Ball go to outreach, education, and research.
The American Heart Association is working to prevent heart disease and stroke by addressing the risk factors of obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. The Association is working with DC organizations to create Fit-Friendly workplaces and with the Washington Redskins to help kids track their physical activity. The Mid-Atlantic affiliate raises $37 million each year to fund lifesaving research.
Dave Humpton says: “The Association has a great a mission that is dear to my heart. My wife and I are proud to support the AHA in everything we do. The AHA has a great mission of prevention and education.” He mentioned the Simple 7, which includes: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Reduce Blood Sugar, Get Active, Eat Better, Lose Weight and Stop Smoking.
Alan Meltzer, of the Meltzer Group and one of the sponsors of the Heart Ball, reports that he’s been actively supporting the American Heart Association for over 10 years. “It’s something that I care about and it’s a duty to give back!”
Lew and Barbara Azzinaro report that they are so thankful for the organization and its role in helping kids with congenital heart disease.
Put the Heart Ball on your social calendar for Heart Month February 2018. Visit Heart.org to volunteer or donate and help save lives!
Photo credits Matt Boccuzzi, VoxSalutem.com. 2017.