Heart Ball Raises $165K

According to organizers of last Saturday's Heart Ball at the Broadmoor, donors at the event gave a net total of $165,000 for research and education.

American Heart Association Executive Director for the Pikes Peak region, Leslie McGinn, called the event a complete success. More than 450 people attended the dinner, auction and dance.

Several live auction items drew bidders eager to win dinners and trips, while raising money for the cause of cardiac research.

KKTV 11 News Anchors Shannon Brinias and Don Ward emceed the presentation. Pat Becker was the event chair.

The evening featured a young cardiac patient, Garrett Ross, who has undergone heart transplant surgery.

The goal of the AHA is to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke.

After the "Raise the Paddle" portion of the evening, "Phat Daddy" took to the stage to entertain the eventgoers who stayed to dance the night away.

The theme for the 28th Annual Heart Ball was Diamonds are Forever. Sponsers included Allen and Holly Oliphant, Penrose-St.Francis Health Services, Penrad Imaging, KKTV 11 News, KLite 106.3, and the Gazette.

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