Far from the typical “ball”, the 2017 Greater Columbus Heart & Stroke Ball is mixing it up this year. No need to scramble for a gown or rent a tux, this year’s event is more “Iron Chef meets Dancing Stars”, according to Ivey Cargill Evans, a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Columbus chapter of the American Heart Association. “Jackets, no ties! We want people to come relaxed and ready to have a great time!”, says Evans.
Heart Disease and Stroke are our nation’s #1 and #5 causes of death in both men and women. “This year’s Heart & Stroke Benefit is all about engaging a new audience and focusing on prevention,” says Amy Burke Massey, this year’s event Chair. “Heart disease and stroke do not discriminate – it affects every age, gender, color and size. I am confident that our new spin on the Heart & Stroke Ball will not only shed light on this but will also be a blast to attend!” But Massey’s involvement in this year’s Benefit is personal. “My passion for this year’s heart benefit is twofold”, says Massey. “First, my family has a history of heart disease and stroke. Both of my in-laws have tackled incredible heart related health challenges in the twelve years that I have known them and have been fortunate to have incredible care from both St. Francis and Emory. Growing up my grandparents all faced similar health issues. In fact last Thanksgiving, we lost my dear grandmother, my Maw Maw, to a series of strokes.” But secondly, Massey is also the COO of Southeastern Cardiology Associates so she sees the impact that heart disease has on families on a daily basis. “I see how hard our staff works to provide comfort and healing,” states Massey. “Raising money to bring awareness and provide funding for research is easy in comparison with what they do!”
With a goal of raising $180,000+ and the knowledge that the vast majority of funds will stay in our community, Amy, Ivey, and additional team member Carmen Johnston, are determined to move the event in a new and positive direction while engaging patrons in an interactive evening! Local celebrities are paired with celebrity chefs to create a heart healthy meal. This year’s Celebrity Chefs are Dr. Frank Lipman, who came to Columbus first by way of South Africa and more recently from New York where he is the founder and director of the Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center. He is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Also joining the Celebrity Chef roster is Chef Landon Thompson, a Columbus native who is now the executive chef of Atlanta-based “Cooks and Soldiers”. Chef Thompson is a semi-finalist for the Rising Star Award from the James Beard Foundation. Finally, Kiamana Chee, a native of Hawaii who migrated to the mainland in 2008. You might recognize Chef Chee from Season 4 of Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’. These gracious Celebrity Chefs are teaming with local Celebrity Sous Chefs; Mrs. Lipman, Courtney Amos, Dr. Susie Westerlund, Pierce Miller, Cosby Cartledge, Sally Turner, Dr. Vik Chhokar, Katie Waldrep and Mary Roddenberry. The teams will be judged in three categories: Best Flavor, Best Presentation, and Fan Favorite. Guests will eat from the Chef’s menu while watching it be prepared for judging. Food Network comes to life!
In addition to great food, the evening will include a Silent and Live Auction hosted by master emcee, Michael Blaire. A professional auctioneer, Blair and his team have performed for two presidents and their White House staff, AFLAC, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Southern Company, and many more. The Event Committee has made Mr. Blair’s job a littler easier. Items include 1 weeks stay at a home in the Grand Tetons, an Argentina Dove Hunt, a Chateau Elan Getaway with a $900 spa treatment & golf package, artwork by Katie Jacobson & Teil Duncan, a week’s meal package for four from Bare Roots Farmacy, an exclusive cheerleader birthday party, and much more.
You don’t want to miss this one of a kind event! For more information, visit the Greater Columbus Heart and Stroke Ball’s website or visit them on Facebook.
Where: RiverMill Event Center
Attire: Coat, No Tie!