Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: February 28, 2011

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: February 28, 2011

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To enhance its theme of Joie du Coeur, Cirque du Soleil-style entertainment was breathtaking as costumed women twirled, turned and somersaulted through the air at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The 30th annual Heart Ball not only presented 41 young high school girls as Sweethearts, but also offered remarkable entertainment.

Heart Ball Sweethearts are girls who participate in educational and social activities through the American Heart Association. Activities through the year include CPR training, health and fitness day, a tele-party fundraiser and a day at the Capitol, just to name a few. Each young woman, elegantly dressed in a formal gown, was introduced from the stage and was escorted around the ballroom by her father or a close relative. How poised the girls appeared and how proud those escorts looked.

Olympic award-winning athlete Bart Conner proved that he could earn his living as an emcee/comedian as he guided the program efficiently and humorously. Ball co-chairs were Kery and David Mueller. Denise Remondino was Sweetheart chairwoman.

Life and silent action chairs were Donna Bozalis, Tami Simon and Shaji Jacob. Bidders got some real prizes at the live auction. A chance to meet the famous, award-winning Marvin Hamlisch and attend his upcoming concert at the Armstrong Auditorium went for $2,800 and a gorgeous Russian Fitch luxury coat from Fur Arts Inc. went for $3,500 (a real bargain). Another super item was dinner for 20 hosted by Barry and Becky Switzer and Conner and wife, Nadia Comaneci, at Norman's famous Patsy's restaurant. This went for a $6,000 bid.

The Heart Ball was presented by the Chickasaw Nation and other major sponsors included Chesapeake Energy Corp. and 7-Eleven. Additional support came from Devon Energy Corp., Matherly Mechanical, Mercedes Benz of Oklahoma City, Midwest Regional Medical Center, OU Medicine and W&W Steel. …

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