Red reigned at the 52nd annual Phoenix Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular disease prevention programs.
Chairman Julie Prusak chose “Passion With Purpose” as the theme for the evening.
With tables and décor designed by William McArdle of Avant-Garde, the Nov. 19 black-tie gala at the Phoenician was a sea of red and fuchsia, with black accents. Tables on the main floor of the ballroom were covered with fuchsia linen, with black covers adorning the chairs. The floral centerpieces comprised peonies, roses, gloriosa lilies and red tulips.
On the upper level, McArdle constructed towering lampshades from rosette ribbon, essentially making the fabric himself. His team also lacquered the short walls for the railing and the red wall panels.
The 630 guests dined on a heart-healthy menu designed by Barbara Fenzl. The entrée was herb-roasted salmon, and dessert featured a red-wine poached pear with chocolate sauce and fresh fruit meringue cloud with chocolate Greek yogurt.
After dinner, guests danced to the music of Dennis Rowland and the Heart Ball orchestra.
Carole and Robert Machiz were the Royal Heart donors. In addition to Prusak, the leadership team included Pat Leach, honorary chairman; Susan Doria, vice chairman; Dana Jirauch, Sweetheart; and Lynn Love, chairman-elect. The evening netted $1 million.