The 2014 Roanoke Heart Ball is in the books ... and it proved to be a record breaking year!
Here are some pretty spectacular facts about this 29th annual Heart Ball ...
*Surpassed total financial goal - $185,000
*Largest number of attendees in event history - 517 guests
*Raise the paddle donation total highest in event history - $45,000
*Live Auction total most in event history - $35,000
This event is blessed by a beyond generous community who truly cares about the people around them, and genuinely want to put an end to heart disease and stroke. Those people are not only the long list of sponsors, but also individuals on the Heart Ball committee who gave countless hours to pull off such a wonderful night.
This year, Dr. Tim and Mandy Ball co-chaired the event with Mr. Mark and Joanna Hudzik. They, along with the leadership of Nicole Nelson, who is on staff with the American Heart Association here in Roanoke, pulled off a night I will not soon forget.
The event's signature sponsor was Carilion Clinic, and Fox 21/27 was one of the media sponsors. Accordingly, I was lucky enough to take part in the event planning, and emcee, once the night arrived.
Next year, Mark Hudzik says, plans are already underway as he and his wife will co-chair the event with Dr. Chip and Lynne Baker. They have quite the party to throw next year ... And I've been told plans are already underway for the Heart Ball's 30th birthday!