Community and philanthropic leaders gathered together to celebrate the work and mission of the American Heart Association at the annual Akron Heart Ball on Saturday night at Quaker Station.
This year’s event chairs were Nick and Cindy Browning.
The Stroke Champion Award was given to Dr. Susana Bowling of Neurology & Neuroscience Associates of Summa Health System. “Imagine doing something that you love and being recognized for it,” Bowling said.
Bowling’s husband, Ted Bowling, and mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Bowling, came to show their support along with friends Bonnie and Ben Heilman, Vince Allen and Unhee Kim and Tina Vanasdal.
This year’s Heart Champions Award was given to Dr. Mark Jacobstein of the Heart Center at Akron Children’s Hospital and Dr. S. Leslie Tobias of Akron General Health System.
Heart patient Valerie Mould addressed the crowd of 380 people. The 28-year-old brought her 3-month-old son, Declan Mould, and husband Topher Mould as well as her parents Tom and Georgean Lazzara.
Jennifer Ewing showed attendees a 14K white gold Le Vian Blueberry and white diamond pendant available in the oral auction. “It’s just nice to see what everyone has donated,” said Tony Secreto. Lyndsie Hemric agreed.
One novice item was a Fender guitar signed by all the members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
“We are hoping to raise $250,000 tonight,” said Lisa Wheeler-Cooper, vice president of communications for the American Heart Association.
Caitlin and Robert Abramovitch bid on various items including fine crystal and high heels.
Mark Holcomb and his wife, Kitt Holcomb, along with Keeli and Jim Strub, and Kathy and Pete Voitko sat together at the Medical Mutual table. Leighann Poplaski and Eric Fink were invited by their friend Brian Moore.
WKYC (Channel 3) meteorologist Betsy Kling served as the emcee again this year.