The community and philanthropic leaders came together on Saturday night to celebrate the 30th Annual Capital Region Heart Ball. The Hall of Springs was festooned in red decorations, as guests arrived to support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Right away we bumped into Dr. Neil Devejian, who was being honored with the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award for his work in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Dr Devejian was joined by the adorable 16-month-old Aedan Conway and his parents, Jennifer and Tim. Aedan has had two out of three scheduled surgeries to correct his hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and stole the spotlight all evening toddling through the crowd in his khaki pants and vest.
We also spotted Neil and Jane Golub, members of the Executive Leadership Team, Mrs. Golub looking stunning in a one shoulder red gown. As the attendees enjoyed the cocktail hour and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres from Mazzone Hospitality, we caught up with Barbara Hess, one of the American Heart Association Board of Directors. She shared with us why the night was so important, and spoke passionately about the cause saying, “I got involved with the American Heart Association because I know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country and it doesn’t get any more important than that”.
The passion of those in attendance was evident as the live auction got underway and LeGrande Serras auctioned off some fabulous items. Kevin O’Neill was lucky enough to win a week in Myrtle Beach, and Ome Usmani took home tickets to a Kenny Chesney Concert donated by Key Bank. Howard Carr had the highest bid on a stunning Indian rug from Jafri Oriental Carpet and Dr. Harry DePan won a day at the races, donated by the Nigro Companies. President and CEO of Albany Medical Center and Heart Ball Chairman, James J. Barba addressed the crowd and discussed the impact the funds raised throughout the evening had on our community. Also honored was R. Mark Sullivan, Ed. D., past president of The College of Saint Rose, who survived a stroke, primarily due to the medical research over the last 30 years. As the presentations concluded, Grand Central Station had guests on their feet, dancing the night away. We spotted Michelle Storm, looking stunning in a floor length black gown, as well as Jason and Beverly Frament, Cynthia LaFave, Paul Rappoli and Paul and Debra Wein. We also chatted with Meghan Dankanich, who was outfitted in an incredible black and nude cocktail dress, and spotted Patricia Fusco, Kelly Hudson, Meghan Craft and Maria Decker who will be chairing the upcoming Go Red for Women Luncheon. The night concluded with an unforgettable fireworks display, the perfect conclusion to this successful event.