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February 22, 2011 - American Heart Assn. offers "Fortunes of the Heart"

What: Event to fight childhood obesity and pediatric heart disease

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250; Patron: $500

EMCEE: Denise Plante and Christine Chang

Gala Chairperson(s): Robin and Dick Kelly

Executive Director: CEO: Nancy Brown

Committee Members: Heart Ball Committee: Robin Kelly, Brandi Beilman, Brittany Bouldin, Linda Cook, Pam Fischer, Trisha Hood, Ginger Iiams, Samantha Kemp, Susie Ladenburger, Patti Nelson, Lisa Reusser, Angela Ripley, Carol Wright, Rachel Ziegler

Patrons: Mark and Colleen Carlson, Jim and Jan Causer, John and Trish Craver, Kevin Hecht, Pati Montgomery, Kenny and Patty Moore, Tom and Diane O'Connor, John Hewett and Marueen O'Hare, Robert Spina, Dr. Karen Zarlengo

Sponsors: LIFE SAVING SPONSORS: Centura Health, Exempla Healthcare, HealthONE; PLATINUM SPONSORS: Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Xcel Energy; GOLD SPONSORS: Faegre & Benson LLP, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Accenture, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, CoBiz Financial, Colorado Rockies; SILVER SPONSORS: Covidien, Deloitte LLP, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, South Denver Cardiology Associates P.C., T.Rowe Price, US Bank, University of Colorado Denver; GRANTS: Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Colorado Trust; TABLE SPONSORS: DCP Midstream, Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, The Medical Center of Aurora, University Department of Pediatrics, University Department of Pediatrics Division of Cardiology, University Department of Surgery Division of Pediatric Surgery, University Physicans Inc., Barry Molk MD

Menu: Torn butter lettuce and endive with agave roasted grapes, spiced walnuts, cornbread croutons and haystack mountain goat cheese dressing; grilled beef filet, New Belgium 1554 dark ale and charred onion sauce, agave and tarragon roasted skewered shrimp; mushroom and goat cheese smash potatoes; asparagus spears; mini red sweet bell peppers; black forest cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce

Attire: Black tie

Special Thanks: Live auction donors: Alejandro German, Denver Metro Board of Directors, Patti and Charlie Nelson, The Spa Connection, Southwest Airlines, Tim Gilmore, the Ranches at Belt Creek

Florist: Alan Perry Floral & Event Design

Board of Directors: Denver Executive Board: Jeb Burchenal, MD, South Denver Cardiology; Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Professional Volunteer; Jack Fitzgibbons, Attorney, John E. Fitzgibbons, P.C.; James G. Fullerton, President, CoBiz Financial/CO Business Bank/Denver; David Gilmore, MD, Director of Toxicology, Emergency Dept., Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; John Hill, President and CEO, The Medical Center of Aurora; Robert Kinder, Vice President, Lockton Companies of Colorado; Brenda Lambert, CEO, South Denver Cardiology; Barry Molk, MD, Medical Director, Sky Ridge Medical Center; Dawn Nakamura-Kessler, Professional Volunteer; Charlie Nelson, Senior Officer of Retirement Services, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance; Maureen O’Hare, Principal, Advantage 1 (Board Chair); David Port, PhD, Research Committee Chair, UCHSC-Division of Cardiology (Board President); Stephen Replin, Attorney, Replin & Rhodes, LLC; Lyn Schaffer, Professional Volunteer; Ilene Sloan, Attorney, United States Department of Agriculture; Sharon Whiton Gelt, Professional Volunteer; Eugene Wolfel, MD, Professor of Medicine-Division of Cardiology, Univ. of CO Denver & Health Sciences Ctr.; Jeffery Woods; Emeritus Members: Reggie Washington MD and Dick Hall

Steering Committee: Executive Leadership Team: Dick Kelly, David Atencio, Stephen Daniels MD, Steve Farber, Cole Finegan, Jim Fullerton, David Gilmore MD, Tim Gilmore, Charlie Nelson, Reggie Washington MD

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Event chairs Dick and Robin Kelly
Event chairs Dick and Robin Kelly

Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the #1 cause of death in Denver. It was a tall order when, in 1997, the American Heart Association set an agressive goal to reduce death from heart disease and stroke by 25% by the year 2010. Not only was that goal realized, it was surpassed, dropping the death rate by 30%.

Saturday evening was a time to celebrate such strides, as the Denver chapter of the American Heart Association presented "Fortunes of the Heart," the 2011 Heart Ball.

Guests decked out in primarly black and red graced the halls of the Hyatt Regency Convention Center to bid, chat, eat, drink, dance and celebrate. Emcees Denise Plante and Christine Chang, along with event chairs Dick and Robin Kelly, worked hard to welcome and thank supporters and guests.

The Heart Ball is the key fundraiser to support research and heart healthy programs for children in the Denver community. Much of the money raised at the Heart Ball will go to fund CPR training for children and adults in the greater Denver community. Funds will also go to directly support and impact funding for congenital heart defects--representing the number one birth defect in American children. It will also fund programs designed to reverse the disturbing trend with our nation's children, whose health and longevity are threatened by an obesity epidemic, as well as youth tobacco prevention and education.

Here's the link to the local chapter of the American Heart Association:

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