More than 580 business leaders, professionals, philanthropists, and other community members gathered at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts raising more than $1 million at the 2014 “Ignite the Night” Heart Ball presented by Lexus and benefiting the American Heart Association.
The annual fundraising gala, chaired this year by Frank and Carolyn Grese of Group One Automotive, recognized Jan Carson, Tim Connolly, Marathon Oil Corporation and Dr. Igor Gregoric as event honorees.
A highlight of the evening was when a white 2014 Lexus IS 250, which was perched on the theater stage, was raffled off by Emcee Deborah Duncan and Jan Carson. Before announcing the lucky winner, Duncan and Carson teased the crowd by asking everyone with a letter “M” in their last name to stand. In the end, Dr. David McPherson, former American Heart Association board member and board president, was pleasantly shocked when his name was called.