The Akron Heart Ball drew 200 guests to the University of Akron Student Union Ballroom on Saturday night for an evening of dining and dancing to the music of Special Request.

Mark and Lori Krohn co-chaired the event, which raised funds for educational programs and research of the American Heart Association.

“Everyone in this room has been touched by someone with heart disease,” said Mark Krohn as he noted the event recognizes the ongoing progress made against heart disease and stroke, celebrates survivors and honors donors and volunteers.

The Ohio Lottery’s Cherie McClain was emcee. Photographer Leigh Atkins brought top hats and boas for props as he took pictures of the guests.

Red was the color of the evening with the ballroom beautifully decorated with red roses by Dick & Son, and many ladies donning red gowns. Guests sipped cocktails as they looked over auction items. Steve and Nikki Hawk liked all the golf getaways.

Amber Genet greeted friends Marlo and Mike Schmidt, while Ken and Michele Sturtecky joined Dan and Beth DeVille.

Dr. David Custodio said he looks forward to chairing the Heart Walk at Lock 3 in Akron on Sept. 7, as he enjoyed the event with his wife, Karen.

Tia and Tom Farmakidis joined Catherine Haller and Bill Paolillo for dinner. Also enjoying the event were Bob and Regina Cooper, who will chair the Sapphire Ball in September.

Following dinner, a video saluted 19-year-old Alex Albanese, who was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 10 weeks of age, and her story of survival that was made possible by advancements in research. Her mother, Virginia Addicott, chaired Open Your Heart, a special appeal raising funds for local and national research.

Brooks Ames of Kiko Auctioneers conducted the live auction where Elizabeth Bartz had the winning bid for a Northside Getaway, and Jeff Hallam won tickets for a Kiss concert.