Houston’s well-heeled and most philanthropic crowd turned heads on February 13, 2016 at the American Heart Association’s sold-out “Hearts in Havana” themed Heart Ball. The annual black-tie fundraising dinner celebrated the beauty of Central America and the romance of Valentine’s Day weekend under the leadership of Heart Ball chairs, Lacey and Matthew Goossen.
The Goossens, recognized as the youngest Heart Ball chairs in the event’s 33-year history, hosted an unforgettable evening for an exceptional cause—fighting heart disease and stroke with the American Heart Association.
Guests donned their favorite jewels, ball gowns and festive frills for a spectacular evening at the Hilton Americas-Houston. The evening featured many once-in-a-lifetime auction items including a 10-night river cruise round-trip from Paris, 7.00 carat total weight diamond earrings, a private concert at the Hemi Hideout by rising stars The Suffers and even a VIP trip for four to the MTV Movie Awards.
During the event, a red-haired six-year-old girl named Carly shared her battle with a congenital heart defect. Diagnosed at 20 weeks in utero, mother Christie spoke to the sold-out crowd about how research funded by the American Heart Association provided advancements in treatment to save her daughter’s life. The family shared how Carly’s love of the Disney movie Brave had a deeper meaning to them than she could ever imagine.
The annual event presented by Silver Eagle Distributors and Lexus raised a record-breaking $2.6 million, exceeding the goal of $2.4 million. Contributing to this record-breaking success was an anonymous gift of $250,000 given in the room that night.