Heart Ball to host 2015 ‘Mid-Year Meeting’ on April 29

The Valley’s most esteemed women leaders will come together April 29 to celebrate the mid-year milestones for the 56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball taking place Nov. 21, 2015.

PrintAn annual Heart Ball tradition, the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Past Heart Ball Chairman Patricia Goldman will be honored for her lifetime of dedication to philanthropy and the American Heart Association.

“The Mid-Year Meeting is the Heart Ball’s annual celebration highlighting the strides we’ve made in raising awareness and funds for our chosen heart-health related cause which is Childhood Obesity for 2015,” said Kimberly Afkhami, chairman for the 56th Annual Heart Ball.

“We will welcome a cadre of important speakers that will present on the impact the Heart Ball is making on the community, including how the Halle Heart Children’s Museum has become the Valley’s key resource for nutrition education for children and also honor one of the Valley’s most admired philanthropists that has worked tirelessly over the years to bring the museum to fruition,” she said.

Since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball and its donors have raised more than $30 million to fight heart disease in the local community and works throughout the year to raise funds for prevention, education and research programs that promote heart health.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in Arizona. Generous support from the Heart Ball funds lifesaving cardiovascular disease and stroke research and educates the Valley in the greater Phoenix division, with a team of more than 17,000 volunteers, the American Heart Association funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

“The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is one of our most important community initiatives as it is the only hands-on educational museum of its kind anywhere in the United States,” Chairman Afkhami said. “Because of the ongoing commitment of our most gracious Heart Ball supporters, the American Heart Association is able to educate Arizonans on obesity, heart disease prevention and how to make healthy lifestyle choices which is crucial to ensuring the health of our community for generations to come.”

The morning will begin with a brief reception, followed by brunch, Mid-Year presentation and a gowns fashion show by Neiman Marcus.

For more information about the Phoenix Heart Ball and the American Heart Association, visit www.phoenixheartball.org.

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