American Heart Month ends with a grand finale and black-tie affair February 25th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Heart of the Community is This Year’s Theme for the Greater Washington Heart Ball. Proceeds from the Heart Ball benefit lifesaving research and American Heart Association education and advocacy campaigns. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of people in the United States today.
The Heart Ball is a premier society event and a celebration of the life-saving work of the American Heart Association. The event brings together more than 500 of the region’s most prominent physician, corporate, health care, and community leaders. The evening includes, live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and special presentations. The official after-party, Heart After Dark hosted by PULSE, returns to keep the festivities going until 1am.
Events such as the Heart Ball bring the community together to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and raise money for research. The fact is that heart disease kills more people annually than the next five causes of death combined. The funds raised by the Heart Ball go toward local community outreach efforts to educate the public about heart disease, stroke and the effects of childhood obesity. Funds also go toward critical cardiovascular research. Research funded by the American Heart Association has led to important scientific breakthroughs that include: Artificial Valves, CPR, Clot-Busting Drugs, Pacemakers, Angioplasty, Bypass Surgery, Medicines to Control High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. It has also led to important discoveries like the link between smoking and heart disease and to food labeling guidelines.