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The 56th Annual Heart Ball kicked off at Saks Fifth Avenue on Feb. 11 with light and healthy
breakfast fare, a fashion show and a sneak peek at plans for the Nov. 2015 affair.
Chair Kimberly Afkhami; her vice chairs, Lisa Geyser and Paula Wichterman; Chair-elect Jennifer Carmer; and Sweetheart Libby Cohen appeared first in off-white dresses, later changing to navy blue, announcing the color palette for the ball. Suspended from the iconic Saks dome were shimmering banners, reflecting the “touch of shimmer” that will complement the navy and off-white story.
The 100-plus committee members spent the first part of the morning connecting with friends and meeting some new ones – the committee added 19 new members this year – and then turned to the business of introductions. Afkhami presented her executive team and announced the theme of the 2015 ball: Passionate Hearts. Billie Jo and Judd Herberger made an uplifting entrance as they rode the escalator to the second floor where the event was held and were introduced by Afkhami as the 2015 honorary chairs.
Saks presented the Best of Saks, spring fashions in an array of colors, as well as formalwear, with many navy blue options. After the presentation, it was time to shop, with a percentage of the sales benefiting the American Heart Association.