The 50th edition of the Ohio Valley Heart Ball will return to Belmont Hills Country Club this year. The event established by the Ohio Valley Division of The American Heart Association is set for Feb. 24, with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening starts with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and string quartet music while you socialize and stroll among the many silent auction items. Special presentations begin at 8:30, followed by dancing and entertainment by the K Street Band until midnight. So get your dancing shoes on and come jitterbug, swing, and dance the night away with the great sounds of today and yesteryear..

"Our committee is excited to celebrate the history of The American Heart Association's accomplishments. The AHA has launched a 2020 Impact Goal to reduce death from heart disease and stroke by at least 20% by the year 2020 and to improve overall heart health by 20 percent. As the nation's number one killer, we have all been touched by heart disease in some way. Imagine the impact that we can make through the 2020 goal." said Ryan Jerico, division director for the association.

The Heart Ball is the association's largest fundraiser of the year in this region, which includes all of West Virginia. " The passion of our volunteers drives the success of the Heart Ball, the 50th being no exception," according to John Rataiczak who, along with his wife Melissa, co-chair the event. Not only is the Heart Ball an extraordinarily fun event, but the money raised each year goes directly to support the Heart Association's mission. Many local businesses are central in the Heart Ball's success and the committee would especially like to thank Murray Energy for once again being the Signature Sponsor.

All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and are used for cardiovascular research, health education, and community programs in the Ohio Valley. Tickets to the event are $75 a person or $ 150 a couple and are tax deductible as permitted by law.

For information or tickets to the event, contact Ryan Jerico at 412-208-3649 or