And the Winner is: The Heart Ball at the DC Mandarin Oriental

Lew and Barabara Azzinaro with Kevin, Schonary, and Olivia Jones at the Heart Ball

Dave and Barbara Humpton, Chairpersons for the Heart Ball

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.

Liz Meltzer, Daniela Leonhardt, Sabrina Bauer, Jacque Barlow at the Heart Ball

Ryan Miller, Jennifer Nolen, Chris Moran, Courtney Castelluzzo, Jeff Certosimo, Hayley Calen, Mahboud Nobakht at the Heart Ball

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, Chairman Heart Ball, Thomas Masterson MD, Vox Salutem

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.

Jenifer Nguyen and AJ Luce at the Heart Ball

Dr. Charles and Marcie Berul, Heart Ball

Alan and Amy Meltzer at the Heart Ball

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!”

Tina Palmer and Tony Cord at the Heart Ball

Lew and Barabara Azzinaro with Kevin, Schonary, and Olivia Jones at the Heart Ball

Lew and Barbara Azzinaro report that they are so thankful for the organization and its role in helping kids with congenital heart disease.

Silent Auctions at the Heart Ball

Garry Boshart, Jennifer Dunlap, Jim Corrigan, and Jolie Dunlap at the Heart Ball

Mel Madarang and Danielle Meyers at the Heart Ball

Jon Forster and Arthur Dykes at the Heart Ball

Dave Humpton and his daughter Katherine Brown at the Heart Ball

Dr and Mrs Lucas Collazo, Heart Ball

Charles Humpton, Souror Humpton, Bob Brown, Katherine Brown, Barabara Humpton, Dave Humpton, Sarvenaz Soltani and Jiman Khosravan at the Heart Ball

Devin Carroll, Meaghan Pfeiffer, at the Heart Ball.

Put the Heart Ball on your social calendar for Heart Month February 2018.  Visit to volunteer or donate and help save lives!

Photo credits Matt Boccuzzi, 2017.