The American Heart Association Greater Phoenix Division hosted its annual gala at the Phoenician Grand Ballroom.
Pamela and Jim Risoleo
Themed Accelerating Change, the evening brought together over 1,000 community members—including chairman Charlene Berge-Blum, honorary chairs Carolyn and Craig Jackson and many more notables—to raise heart disease and stroke prevention and awareness funds.
The color guard from the Trevor G. Brown High School ROTC accompanied the singing of the national anthem.
A lively cocktail hour was followed by a five-course dinner and dancing to live music performed by the Emerald City Band.
Sean Harding, Sterling Blum, Charlene Berge-Blum, Madisson Blum and Matt Veneman
There were also several memorable moments paying tribute to veterans in honor of the event, which occurred on Veterans Day. These included a moving rendition of “God Bless America” and a national anthem presentation with an accompanying color guard from the Trevor G. Brown High School ROTC.
Christian and Tracy Serena
The gala achieved its fundraising goals, raising multiple millions for the American Heart Association’s efforts to fight heart disease and stroke through programming, research and education initiatives.
Wendy Lentz, Jennifer Moser, Molly Sodja, Diana Deidan, Sasha Clements and Maja Langbein
The executive committee for the 64th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball, including Sweetheart Kristine Thompson, vice chairman Lee Courtney, chairman Charlene Berge-Blum, vice chairman Natalie Gaylord and chair-elect Pamela Risoleo
Billie Jo Herberger, Lisa Donovan, Kate Specter, Victoria Donovan, Micheline Etkin and Linda Herold
The tables were set with flowers from White House Design Studio.