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The 'Heart Ball' Raises Record Funds

February 27, 2013

The generous and enthusiastic crowd at this year's American Heart Association "Heart Ball" gave $1,350,000 in gifts overall, with the best live and silent auction in its history ($188,000 raised). When the auctioneer opened the bidding for “Open Your Heart” gifts - straight donations that go directly to the mission - another $100,000 was raised at the National Building Museum, where the annual event was held on Saturday night.

The Wixted Family Sharing Their Story with The (Photo by: Erin Scott Photography) The Wixted Family Sharing Their Story with The "Heart Ball" Audience

The audience was clearly moved by the story of young Cooper Wixted (held by his father in the photo above), the American Heart Association's 2013 "Face of the Heart," who survived Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome after life-saving heart surgery.

Dancing Until 1 am (Photo by: Erin Scott Photography) Dancing Until 1 am

"There was a lot of energy, and the young professionals that joined the party at 10:00 pm really had a good time," said Kara Laing, Director of Development of the American Heart Association. "We were there dancing until 1:00 am!"

The Persuasions Entertained the Crowd after Dinner (Photo by: Erin Scott Photography) The Persuasions Entertained the Crowd after Dinner

Mike Girardi (Girardi Wealth Management), Katherine Tallmadge (The Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) (Photo by: Mark Indre) Mike Girardi (Girardi Wealth Management), Katherine Tallmadge (The Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition)

Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Mark Indre (Marriott International) and Josh Short (Hay Adams Executive Pastry Chef) (Photo by: Mike Girardi) Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Mark Indre (Marriott International) and Josh Short (Hay Adams Executive Pastry Chef)

Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Phil and Andrea Armstrong (Total Wine and More) (Photo by: Mike Girardi) Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Phil and Andrea Armstrong (Total Wine and More)

Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Artist, Tina Palmer and Tony Cord (Photo by: Mike Girardi) Katherine Tallmadge (Georgetown Dish/Personalized Nutrition) with Artist, Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

Rob Franklin, Open Your Heart Committee Chair, Matt Voorhees, Heart Ball Chair, and George Stone, Auction Committee Chair (Photo by: Erin Scott Photography) Rob Franklin, Open Your Heart Committee Chair, Matt Voorhees, Heart Ball Chair, and George Stone, Auction Committee Chair


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Range Opens to Rave Reviews

February 24, 2013

Chef Bryan Voltaggio's Range Restaurant, one of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings in Washington for years, has exceeded expections for food, service and atmosphere. The place is spectacular: 14,000 square feet, glass walls, marble counters, gorgeous LCD lighting, open seating with intimate spots thrown in.

Range Restaurant Interior Scene (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Range Restaurant Interior Scene

At Range, in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavillion, plenty of hipsters, celebrities, journalists, and foodies scattered about create a happenin' New York City-feel. 

Pamela Lynn Sorensen and Jim Kimsey (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Pamela Lynn Sorensen and Jim Kimsey

"Service is key to setting a tone of seriousness about the food (fine dining), while maintaining an approachable (casual) feel to the experience,"according to the Zagat Guide's Olga Boikess, while observing a server training session at Range.

Chef Bryan Voltaggio and Katherine Tallmadge (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Chef Bryan Voltaggio and Katherine Tallmadge

Range's Main Bar (with Mike Girardi) (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Range's Main Bar (with Mike Girardi)

Venison with Candied Orange Peel (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Venison with Candied Orange Peel

Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

Caesar Salad (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Caesar Salad

Beef (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Beef

Pizza (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Pizza


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The Heart Ball Saturday Night!

February 19, 2013

I look forward to the Heart Ball each year; and this Saturday night's is no exception. A premier society event, expect an elegant black-tie at one of the most beautiful spaces in town: The National Building Museum. Attended by national and local celebrities each year, it's not only fun - with dinner, dancing, games, a live band, and exceptional live and silent auctions - but also serious: Last year's Heart Ball campaign raised over $51 million nation-wide and allowed the American Heart Association - its sponsor - to fund over $123 million in research and programs across the country and in our community.

I've always admired the work of the American Heart Association, and have been involved with the AHA since I started in my field: let's just say, a couple of (ahem) decades ago (or more)...

Its mission is to "build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question."

I can attest to that! Heart disease is the nation's number one killer and the Heart Ball goes a long way to make a difference. So, I look forward to seeing you there!

To register: DCHeartBall.com

 


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