Herbergers selected honorary chairs of 56th annual Heart Ball

 Judd and Billie Jo Herberger at the 2014 Phoenix Heart Ball held at the Arizona Biltmore. (File Photo)

Judd and Billie Jo Herberger at the 2014 Phoenix Heart Ball held at the Arizona Biltmore. (File Photo)

The 56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball has selected Billie Jo and Judd Herberger as its 2015 honorary chairs.

Longtime supporters of the American Heart Association, the Herbergers are Valley philanthropists that have supported the Phoenix Heart Ball for a number of years. This year, they will support Chairman Kimberly Afkhami’s mission to raise awareness and funding that will aid in the prevention of childhood obesity in Arizona.

The 56th annual Phoenix Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

“Billie Jo and Judd Herberger are two of Arizona’s most adored philanthopists, and I am incredibly grateful to have them as our honorary chairs this year,” said the 56th annual Phoenix Heart Ball Chairman Kimberly Afkhami. “The Herbergers have supported the American Heart Association and the Phoenix Heart Ball for decades, and it’s our turn to honor them for their incredible commitment to this cause.”

Recently, 130 of the Valley’s finest women came together at Saks Fifth Avenue in Phoenix to kick off the 56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball. The committee was treated to a gourmet heart-healthy brunch by Robert’s Catering before enjoying a stunning “Best of Saks” fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Chairman Kimberly Afkhami, Vice Chairmen Lisa Geyser and Paula Wicherman, Sweetheart Libby Cohen and Chairman-Elect Jennifer Carmer dazzled the room by beginning the morning in elegant cream-colored ensembles before changing into coordinating navy dresses to announce the 2015 color palette.

The morning culminated with the introduction of the honorary chairs and the announcement of Chairman Afkhami’s life-saving platform, and this year’s theme, “Passionate Hearts.”

Benefiting the American Heart Association, the Phoenix Heart Ball is the Valley’s premier social event with a longstanding history and tradition of attracting prestigious business leaders, physicians, professionals, philanthropists and other prominent community members who help raise critically needed funds to support the association’s lifesaving research, education and community-based initiatives.

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

Generous support from the Heart Ball donors each year funds lifesaving cardiovascular disease and stroke research and educates the Valley community about heart disease and stroke.

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.

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

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