If it looks as if guests at the 53rd annual Heart Ball on Nov. 17 were having fun, well, it’s because they were. The ever-elegant gala to support both local and national research and education programs of the American Heart Association, was an evening of camaraderie, excellent cuisine prepared by the Phoenician staff and enthusiastic participation on the dance floor.
Dennis Thompson of White House Flowers created a mesmerizing ballroom with a woodland theme. Chair Lynne Love chose lime green as this year’s color, and Thompson developed an enchanting forest around the color. Towering centerpieces topped some of the tables, with others adorned with traditional height florals. Tree trunks cast onto the walls completed the look.
The 625 guests wore their evening finest, with brightly colored gowns sprinkled into the mix of blacks and neutrals, trains and sparkle. In particular, Lynne Love looked stunning in her beige princess gown with a layered skirt, glittering bodice and sweetheart neckline.
Lisa and Al Molina served as the evening’s honorary chairs, and guests left the gala with a pendant designed especially for the event and donated by Molina Fine Jewelers. .
To date, the 2012 Phoenix Heart Ball has netted more than $1 million, and since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball has raised more than $34 million for education and research. Susan Doria will chair the 2013 Heart Ball.