There were more than a million reasons to smile at the American Heart Association’s annual Heart and Stroke Ball.
The Party Oct. 13 was a night full of heart at Balboa Bay Resort, where more than 400 kindhearted people joined together to celebrate the lives saved by the American Heart Association’s efforts and raise funds for education and research. The scene A celestial vibe permeated the resort’s Grand Ballroom, reinforcing the 2018 theme, Launching Into the Future. Orange County Heart and Stroke Ball chairman Larry L. Wood, corporate vice president of transcatheter heart valves at Edwards Lifesciences, joined special guests including heart disease survivor Paul Musco, who has directly benefited from AHA-funded research and was honored for his longtime commitment to several O.C. organizations and causes. George Argyros Jr. and Shannon Argyros’ foundation was recognized for a generous grant to fund a CPR kiosk at John Wayne Airport. The Highlights Attendees sipped Colby Red wine, enjoyed a gourmet dinner, and participated in dancing and a silent auction. By night’s end, more than $1 million was raised to support the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke—the No. 1 and No. 5 leading killers in the United States, respectively. -Anna Dunn