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The 2013 Heart Ball was Nov. 23 at The Phoenician. The theme, “Serendipity,” allowed for innovation, while still maintaining the elegant tradition that is now 54 years old. About 675 guests attended the glitzy affair.
The décor for the social hour and the ballroom took a decidedly modern approach, with clear Lucite tables and chairs in the foyer and long, rectangular tables that seated 24 in the dining room. William McArdle of Avant Garde created vibrantly colored floral centerpieces in rectangular frames that ran down the middle of the dining tables, which were topped with white vinyl tablecloths.
A trio of raspberry pecans, spiced cashews and chocolate hazelnuts placed in wooden trays was available for nibbling as guests took their seats. Dinner began with butternut squash soup followed by beef tenderloin, potato au gratin and green beans. Dessert was a lemon curd, coconut cream, crystal mint confetti; almond and flax seed streusel; and strawberries. Much of the menu was gluten free.
The Gene Press Orchestra brought guests to the dance floor throughout the evening.
The ball honored Diane and Bruce Halle as Philanthropists of the Year and Dr. Edward B. Diethrich with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine.
The event was chaired by Susan Doria with restaurateur Sam Fox as the honorary chair. Jane Christensen was the 2013 Heart Ball Sweetheart.
PHOTOS BY ASHLEY LOWERY