This year's Houston Heart Ball theme—"imagine with heart"—asked guests to envision a world where people live longer, healthier lives. By night's end, we were $2.3 million closer to that reality thanks to the fundraising efforts of more than 700 guests at the annual soiree.

Doctors, artists, philanthropists, and more flocked to downtown's Hilton Americas last Saturday night to support the American Heart Association in its mission to prevent heart disease and stroke—the nation's No. 1 and 5 killers, respectively.

After a heart-warming (pun intended) surprise performance from the Houston Children's Choir, guests heard from the Cager family—this year's survivor honorees—who shared their story of having children with congenital heart defects in tribute to the AHA's life-saving work. The evening also celebrated community honorees Arvia and Jason Few and medical honoree Dr. David E. Persse.

Debbie and Jack Moore chaired this year's black tie-affair, which included a decadent meal of beef tenderloin and roasted Chilean sea bass and live and silent auctions on highly covetable items including Rockets floor seats, Hamilton tickets, private jet getaways, and an Oscar de la Renta shoulder bag donated from the fashion house. Later, when guests their raised heart-shaped paddles to heed the call for donations—in increments from $1,000 to $50,000—they earned a blush-colored balloon. By the end of the night, the glamorous ballroom was dotted in pink, visible markers to the community's generosity.

The festivities continued after dinner when, with help from the Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra, the AHA young professionals group's Young at Heart After Party brought everyone to the dance floor.

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