The Phoenix Heart Ball

| February 24, 2017 | Parties

The Phoenix Heart Ball pumped it up for the 57th year with an evening of dancing and socializing.

“Our hearts are the force, the beat and the rhythm that connects us all,” said Heart Ball chair Jennifer Carmer to a ballroom filled with more than 750 generous donors to the American Heart Association. “When 100-plus dedicated women all work together, their heartbeats are in rhythm for one greater good—to save lives.” It was a fitting kickoff speech to a night themed Hearts in Rhythm at The Phoenician.

Marilyn and David Alexander served as honorary chairs. Nan Howlett was named the year’s “Sweetheart.” The executive team consisted of vice chairwomen Carolyn Jackson and Kristine Thompson; along with Char Hubble, chairwoman-elect.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and admired the menagerie of gowns before heading into the ballroom. The meal began with charcuterie and ended on a sweet note with specialty desserts. Guests were invited intermittently between courses to boogie on the dance floor to electric beats by the Soul Survivors band. On the way out, guests received a hangover-prevention kit filled with necessities, like Ibuprofin, vitamins and, of course, heart-healthy chocolate treats. Since its inception, the Phoenix Heart Ball has raised more than $30 million for the American Heart Association’s research, prevention and education efforts associated with heart disease. -Lauren Swanson

Photography by Kay Eskridge


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