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Heartfelt Thanks

| October 4, 2016 | Parties

This year’s Heart Ball sees a record crowd and raises $590,000 for the fight against cardiovascular disease.

THE PARTY The American Heart Association has plenty to be thankful for: This year marked the 35th anniversary of its Heart Ball, for starters. A record 410 guests attended the elegant affair at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. And by the end of the evening, $590,000 had been raised—money that will help fund critical research in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

THE GUESTS Co-chairs Renee Dee and Alfredo Molina of Black, Starr & Frost welcomed the crowd—Analisa Albert, Trish Coury, and Eve and Mike Ruffato among them. They sipped Champagne and browsed silent auction prizes on the patio before the start of the main event.

THE HIGHLIGHTS Guests were moved when 11-year-old Max Page, whom many remembered for his Star Wars Super Bowl commercial (he was dressed as Darth Vader), shared his experience living with heart disease. And they gave a hearty round of applause when Peggy Goldwater Clay was named Sweetheart of the Ball in recognition of her longtime support of the nonprofit’s cause. The celebration continued late into the night with an afterparty, complete with sweets—and plenty of dark chocolate, of course. –Tina Borgatta; photos by Ryan Miller of Capture Imaging


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