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On Saturday, February, 25, hundreds of corporate and medical professionals will gather together at the Louisville Marriott Downtown to celebrate the breakthroughs in cardiovascular research, while raising funds to support the American Heart Association. Now in its 20th year, this black tie event has helped to advance the lifesaving mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the greater Louisville area.

“This is one of our largest and most important events,” said Courtney Burge, Heart Ball Director for the American Heart Association. “During the evening, our community, donors and supporters will see the results of the American Heart Association’s research, advocacy, educational programs, and dedication at work.”

Guests of the evening will enjoy a cocktail reception, a heart-healthy dinner, and silent and live auction opportunities.  All proceeds from the Crystal Heart Ball will support the American Heart Association, which funds public and professional education, advocacy and scientific research. Research funded by the AHA has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, surgical techniques to repair heart defects and more.

The Crystal Heart Ball is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Tickets start at $500 per person. The Crystal Heart Ball is presented by the University of Louisville and chaired by two-time heart disease survivor, Tonii Rizzo. For tickets or to make a donation, call Courtney Burge at (502) 371-6012 or visit

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

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