On Dec. 1, the American Heart Association Richmond Affiliate with local sponsor VCU Health hosted a kickoff for the upcoming Richmond Heart Ball. About 75 guests attended the event, held at the McGlothlin Medical Education Center.
“The focus was on AHA-funded research in the Richmond community,” said Richmond Heart Ball Director of Development Meredith Martin. Speaking at the event were cardiothoracic surgeons and AHA-funded researcher Mohammed Quader, M.D., and a heart transplant patient. “They provided an inspiring, tangible example of how sponsorship and donor dollars are used in our community.”
With catering by Mosaic, “it was a special evening highlighting the over 25-year relationship between the AHA and VCU as we celebrate our 25th anniversary Heart Ball,” said Martin.
Last year, the Richmond Heart Ball raised over $1 million to support vital, life-saving research in the cardiovascular and stroke fields as well as professional and educational programs in the Richmond community. This year’s ball will take place on April 22, 2017, at Main Street Station — the first event to be featured at the new Richmond event space—and include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, live music and dancing.