Belmont County Heart Ball Executive Committee announces the Annual Heart Ball 'Unbreak My Heart'

The Belmont County Division of the American Heart Association is excited to announce the preparations for the annual Heart Ball, its largest fundraiser of the year. The major event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The event keeps with the mission of the Heart Association, which is dedicated to reducing the rates of disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. This year's theme is "Unbreak My Heart." The event will include an evening of music and dancing, a silent auction, and a Chinese auction. Last year's event raised over $65,000 to be used to benefit cardiovascular research, health education and community programs in Belmont County. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails (cash bar) and hors d'oeuvres while the guests are being serenaded by a String Quartet. Special presentations will be made at 8:30 followed by the exciting and entertaining sounds of the Redline Band, an eleven piece band from Cleveland entertain from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The band was recently named Cleveland's #1 Event Band.

The silent auction includes a travel packages, chef prepared cuisine creations, Penguins tickets and restaurant and floral packages. Featured this year will be a Myrtle Beach condominium package for the winning bidder. An "Art for Heart" section will be highlighted featuring works from local artisans.

Tickets for the ball start at $150 per couple. This event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and donations/tickets are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association - Belmont County Division. For additional information or to secure a reservation, please contact Donna Ashcraft or Becca Ackner at 412-702-1123.

The Heart Ball Saves Lives, it truly does. "The American Heart Association set a goal to reduce coronary heart disease and stroke deaths and risks by 25% by 2010. We are proud to report this goal has already been achieved by the American Heart Association" said John Rataiczak, Chairman of the event.

Donna Ashcraft stated, "The Heart Ball is growing every year and has turned into Hearts most successful local event. The American Heart Association contributes the success of the Belmont County Heart Ball to the Heart Ball Committee itself. Their passion and commitment to this cause can be seen in every aspect of this fundraising event. The Belmont County Heart Ball Committee is dedicated to saving lives and they work very hard to educate the community and advance medical research efforts."


East Ohio Regional Hospital/Ohio Valley Medical Center will be the ball's "Presenting Sponsor." "We appreciate the generosity of the hospital more than they could possibly know. Without them, the success of this ball could not happen," said Cindy Becker and Theresa Feisley, corporate fundraising chairpersons.

Other significant sponsors at time of printing include Capstone Holding Company, Cafaro Foundation, DeFelice Brother's Pizza, Dr. Joseph Gabis, Defelice Care, Dr. Edward Chiu, Goodman Realtors, Perkins Restaurant, Medtronic, Inc., Riesbeck Food Markets, and Whitesides. McKeen Security, Hampton Inn, Valley Natural Gases and That Print Place have also made special contributions.

Many other local companies are banding together to help support the Heart Ball again this year. DeFelice Brothers Pizza will be running their Heart shaped pizza sale on February 12, 13 and 14 with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Do something nice for everyone, order a DeFelice Brothers Heart shaped pizza by calling your local franchise.

First row: Ron Presutti, Lynn Swider, Nini Zadrozny, Donna Ashcraft, Amy DeFelice, Theresa Feisley, Cindy Becker, Ed Chiu. Second row: Jennie DeMatte, Joseph Gabis, Melissa Rataiczak, Maren Presutti, Cindy Lash and John Rataiczak. Absent from photo: Spiro Alexande and Irene Louda.