On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the Southern New England Heart Ball will host
approximately 300 guests at the Marble House in Newport. For over 25 years, the
Heart Ball has become one of the premier social events of the season. The
evening will feature a remarkable live auction, fine catering by Russell Morin and
a live band.
This year’s black-tie gala will spotlight the American Heart Association’s work with
children living with congenital heart defects. This past year alone, the association
has spent $10.7 million on research specifically related to heart health and heart
disease in children. American Heart Association pediatric research grants include cardiovascular development, congenital heart defects, Kawasaki disease,
endocarditis and stroke in children, in addition to studies in gene therapy, surgical
therapy and tissue engineering.
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts alone, the American Heart Association currently
funds more than $38.8 million on scientific research related to cardiovascular
diseases and stroke. In Rhode Island, home to leading research institutions and
hospitals, the Heart Association supports six studies at the moment.
During the Heart Ball, the American Heart Association will present the John H.
Chafee Award for Health Care Leadership to Elizabeth Lange, MD, a local leader in
the pediatric medical field. Following the 1999 award to Senator Chafee himself –
whose career spanned almost four decades of service to Rhode Island and the rest
of the nation – the Heart Association annually recognizes an individual for his or her extraordinary contribution to the improvement of health for the people of the Ocean State.
Past recipients include:
2010 – Steven Fera, MD
2009 – Rena Wing, MD
2008 – Lawrence Aubin
2007 – George A. Vecchione
2006 – Lawrence B. Sadwin
2005 – Albert S. Most, MD
2004 – Charles C.J. Carpenter, MD
2003 – Armand P. Leco
2002 – Milton W. Hamolsky, MD
2001 – Stanley M. Aronson, MD
2000 – Richard A. Carleton, MD
1999 – Senator John H. Chafee