Guests of the American Heart Association's 35th annual Heart Ball truly painted the town red last Saturday, donning their best crimson get-ups and contributing nearly $3 million to the nonprofit dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The theme: "The Beat Goes On."
This year's festivities, chaired by Cathy and Joe Cleary and sponsored by Harvey Builders, featured an appearance by the University of Houston Drumline and entertainment by Party on the Moon, a premier event band whose past gigs have included presidential inauguration galas and Eli Manning's Cabo wedding.
KHOU chief meteorologist David Paul emceed the evening, which took place in a lavishly decorated Hilton Americas ballroom filled with roses in shades of red. During the live auction, guests bid on such items as a week-long stay at the Clearys' Park City, Utah home; a ballgown from Tootsie's and 7.75-carat diamond and pink sapphire necklace from Tenenbaum Jewelers; and an evening with Houston restauranteur Johnny Carrabba and Grammy-winner Steve Tyrell.
Honorees included Brenda and Marc Watts (community honorees), Dr. Robert A. Phillips (medical honoree), and Schlumberger (corporate honoree; executive vice president of corporate engagement and marketing Jean Francois-Poupeau accepted). Beyond the $3 million raised at the ball, the AHA expects additional gifts in the coming weeks, according to a press release.