Heart Ball 2013 Auctions Off Travel Destinations to Fight Heart Disease

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Washington, DC (February 27, 2013) – The Heart Ball, the premier society event of the American Heart Association, was hosted for the time at the National Building Museum on February 23, 2013. The ball, lead by WUSA9 Anchor Anita Brikman and Matt Voorhees of Anybill, brought together more than 500 of the region’s most prominent physician, corporate, health care, and community leaders for seated dinner catered by Windows, a superior off-premise caterer in Washington D.C.

The evening included a rousing live auction, with featured packages from Chef Eric Ziebold of the Mandarin Oriental’s CityZen, a dinner for 25 catered by Windows Catering Company, and a private wine tasting from Total Wine and More.

Big-ticket travel packages provided by Delta Airlines were also offered as live auction items like a weeklong stay in Lucca, Italy, and a three-night stay in a chateau in Bordeaux, France. The last item to be auctioned off was 10-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands for two people provided by National Geographic Expeditions and Delta Airlines.

The funds raised by the Heart Ball go toward local community outreach efforts to educate the public about heart disease, stroke and the effects of childhood obesity. Funds also go toward critical cardiovascular research. Research funded by the American Heart Association has led to important scientific breakthroughs. It has also led to important discoveries like the link between smoking and heart disease and to food labeling guidelines. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of people in the United States today. To learn more visit

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