More than 500 guests were entertained by the Emerald City Band at Tarrant County’s annual Heart Ball, an event whichÂ raised more than $845,000 earlier this monthÂ atÂ the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.Â
The proceeds willÂ fund the American Heart Association’s research for childhood heart defects, heart disease and stroke in Tarrant County.Â
Also at theÂ recent gala, aÂ special award was presented to Barclay Berdan, senior executiveÂ vice president of system alignment and performance for Texas Health Resources. Berdan was named the first-ever recipient of the Leader with Heart Award for his advocacyÂ on behalf of the American Heart Association.Â
In addition to dancing, the black-tie eventÂ featuredÂ dinner, a silent auction andÂ a live auction. Acting as honorary chairs were Kay and Ben Fortson, whileÂ Lisa and Ben J. Fortson III served as dinner chairs.
Â Plans are underway for the 2010 gala. For more information, contact Mary Jane Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.