Phoenix Heart Ball

2012 Heart Ball Targets Research, Education, and Elimination of Cardiovascular Diseases

Phoenix, May 15, 2012 --- The 2012 Heart Ball commemorates fifty-three years as the premier annual fundraiser and social event to benefit the American Heart Association on November 17, 2012 at The Phoenician Resort & Spa.

The focus of this year's gala is the critical need for research and education to help eradicate cardiovascular disease.  Mrs. Lynne Love, community leader, author and 2012 Heart Ball Chairman has chosen the theme "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."  Her platform honors AHA-funded cardiovascular disease researchers and Heart Ball patrons who've generously funded projects, including educational outreach in Phoenix.  "Because of the ongoing commitment of Heart Ball's most gracious supporters, we're honored to have a facility like the Halle Heart Children's Museum educating Arizona's most vulnerable children on obesity, heart disease prevention, and how to make healthy lifestyle choices.  It's the only hands-on educational museum of its kind in the nation," said Mrs. Love.

The 2012 Heart Ball Committee is comprised of more than 100 Valley women who are dedicated, talented leaders in both philanthropy and business.  Together, the women are committed to the fight against cardiovascular disease and the creation of cardiovascular wellness.

Here in Arizona, the leading cause of death is heart disease, which accounted for 10,151 or 22.5 percent of all deaths in 2009. Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, accounted for 2,010 deaths in 2009.

The Heart Ball 2012 Executive Committee includes, Lynne Love-Heart Ball Chairman, Lisa and Alfredo Molina-Honorary Chairman, Linda Pope-Sweetheart,

Lisa Shapiro-Vice Chairman, Shannon Barthelemy-Vice Chairman, and Susan Doria-2013 Chairman-Elect.  For more information, visit .

About the American Heart Association's Greater Phoenix Division

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. In the Greater Phoenix Division, we team with more than 17,000 volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. To learn more or to get involved, call (602) 414-5353 or visit

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