The 2014 Tri-County Heart Ball, being held Saturday. Event chairs Kathryn Shroder and Mariann Pacak will be welcoming the community to Stambaugh Auditorium for the gala celebration supporting research and honoring three local medical leaders.
This year's honorees include Sudhakar V. Rao, MD, MAMS, is receiving the Heart of the Community Award, as well as Joseph A. Graziano, MD, FACC and Wahoub M. Hout, MD, FACC who are both recipients of the Cardiac Service Award. Each was selected in recognition of their significant contributions to the health of the community.
More than 300 guests are anticipated at the event and will be treated to an elegant evening. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Associations' research and education efforts in the community and across the country, which are targeted at America's No. 1 and No. 4 leading causes of death heart disease and stroke.
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The Tri-County Heart Ball, to be held Saturday, supports heart and stroke research. As part of the celebration, three area medical leaders are being recognized for their contributions to the health of the community. The local Heart Child, young survivor Emmet Erb, and his family, will also be present at the event. They will share their experience regarding the importance of pediatric cardiac research. Honorees pictured from left are: Dr. Joseph A. Graziano and Dr. Wahoub M. Hout; co-chairs Mariann Pacak and Kathryn Shroder, honoree Dr. Sudhakar V. Rao; and Robert Schroder, CEO of Humility of Mary Health Partners.
Under the leadership of Shroder and Pacak, this year's Heart Ball will include unique live and silent auction items, a dinner, dancing and a moving Open Your Heart special appeal for pediatric cardiac research.
The 2014 Open Your Heart appeal will share the story of local survivor, Emmet Erb, 4, who was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent open-heart surgery when he was three months old.
For additional information on the event, contact the American Heart Association at 330-318-1003.