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Heart Ball committee exceeds goal, raising $1.55 million
Ladies in red set the stage for a beautiful Heart Ball on Nov. 22. Chair Brenda Howard selected red with a touch of tartan as this year’s color story, and committee members and other guests showed up in myriad renditions of the scarlet hue.
Having moved from The Phoenician to the Arizona Biltmore this year, the gala affair was held in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, which sported white walls and white carpet (brought in for the occasion) as well an elegant mix of high and low bouquets of red roses and white roses. The décor committee was co-chaired by Marilyn Alexander and Carol Clemmensen, with Angelic Grove designing the room.
As menu chairman, Ina Manaster put together a spectacular dinner. Guests were especially wowed by the appetizer course. Two-inch thick ice slabs – alternating between heart shaped and square – held alternating appetizers of Grey Goose vodka with two shot glasses, a tin of caviar and toasts, and a trio of seafood that included crab claws, shrimp, scallop ceviche and oyster mignonette. The main course featured “Tender Eye of Rib” and was followed by a dessert of baked meringue filled with semifreddo and fresh raspberries.
The best news of evening was delivered by Howard toward the beginning of dinner: The committee didn’t reach their goal of raising $1.4 million, they exceeded it, raising more than $1.55 million. Susie Wesley was the 2014 Sweetheart, and Marilyn Alexander received the Peggy Goldwater Award, established this year. Vickie and Jerry Moyes were the honorary chairmen. Kimberly Afkhami will chair the 56th Annual Heart Ball.
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