Heart disease is personal to many heart and soul gala members of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association – whether they themselves, a family member, or friends. On June 16, this gala hosted the Empire Ballroom at Hyatt Regency New Orleans with supporters to raise funds to continue the mission to fight heart disease.
The party started in the lobby area of the ballroom, where cocktails were served items. An ivy wall with a swirl of red roses greeted the guests at the entrance, ready for party photos. There were separate seating areas for discussions. In the ballroom, flower arrangements of white lilies and hydrangeas with red roses stood on the tables covered with white linen and red napkins. Wink Events was responsible for the party look.
A three-course dinner and music by Stormy the Band were part of the gala, as well as a live auction, including articles like 1
A video produced by AHA / ASA was screened with co-chairs Open Your Heart Arlene and Alan Philpson who lost their son Andy Philipson to heart disease. Mrs. Philpson, like her mother, was born with congenital heart defects that show symptoms at a later age than birth or childhood; That's also happened to Andy. For the Philpsons, the event was one way to spread the message of how important it is to support the AHA / ASA.
The audience members were the co-chairs of the event Vicky and Peter Sperling, Chairman Kathleen Kennedy Chairman of the Board Molly Kimball and Brad Schlotterer, Heidi and dr. Gerry Cvitanovich Mary Lynn and dr. William Lunn Nina and Ken Friend Elizabeth and Keith Crawford ( Elizabeth was married to Andy Philpson when he died), Maya Irimpen, Jessica and Ray Brandt, Jennifer and Scott Walker, Macon Moore and Michelle Menough, Tina and John Zollinger Jean and Mark Hatfield, Lynn and Drew Marsh  Machelle and John Payne  Paul Flower Dara and Dale Smith Dr. John Hamide, Marion Mathes, Drs. Leslie and Brad Gottsegen Diedra Dias, Hollie and Kevin Erickson, Laurie and Claude Williams, Terry and Brad Weaver Leann and Ted Moses Drs. Ellen Schneider and Sam Alexander Angela and Tom Patrias, Chelsea and Nicholas Adams, Kathy and Randy Opotowsky and Miss International Kelsey Craft  Click here to to watch the video about the Philipsons.
To reach Sue Strachan, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 504.450.5904. Find them on Twitter and Instagram as @ suestrachan504 with the hashtag #nolasacialscene. Visit her on Facebook. And come back to NOLA.com/society for more New Orleans area event and party news and photos.