Parties & Events

American Heart Association 2014 annual Hamptons Heart Ball

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A sold-out crowd of 750 showed up with the glitterati in full on Saturday evening at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton for the 18th annual American Heart Association (AHA) Hamptons Heart Ball. Each year the ball is a fun, elegant event that focuses on raising money for AHA’s mission.

AHA’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The organization is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary group devoted to this cause.

This year’s ball was held in honor of Dr. Leonard Girardi, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and attending cardiothoracic surgeon of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Leadership Award were presented to Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and president of Stony Brook University.

The event co-chairs for this year’s ball were Dr. Karl and Krista Krieger. Emmy-winning TV and radio host Rita Cosby served as the Master of Ceremonies. The Open Your Heart Chair Paola Bacchini Rosenshein started the evening by welcoming everyone in attendance.

Once again there was a dancing cocktail hour, buffet dinner, live and silent auction and an after party. The live auction featured tickets and seats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and vacations in Ireland and Italy. Heart Heroes Arnold Rosenshein, Cristina Civetta and Rocco Ancarola kicked off the after party by sharing their heart stories. The party consisted of dance routines, fog machines and a special performance by Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. The live music was provided by That 70’s Band and DJs Terry and Cash.

The Burckhard family shared their son Mederick‘s heart story during the Special Appeal and received an unprecedented amount of support from those in attendance. New York Giant and Super Bowl XLVI Champion Mario Manningham also shared his story and connection to heart disease.

Guests from NYC, Long Island and the Hamptons enjoyed this beautiful evening of charity and celebration while enjoying heart healthy foods and drinks. Some of these guests included New York Ranger Rod Gilbert, actor Tony Lo Bianco, b. Michael, Nicole Miller and Jean Shafiroff.


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