American Heart Association’s Miami Heart & Stroke Ball
44th annual event honors esteemed members of medical community
 
Co-chairs: George and Marla Bergmann of Bergmann Properties, Michele Chulick of UHealth and Ian Pesses of Akerman Senterfitt


Maggie Newland, CBS4 Reporter and Mistress of Ceremonies and Bay Scroggins

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association held its 44th annual Miami Heart & Stroke Ball on Saturday, March 10, drawing together hundreds of Miami’s medical, social and philanthropic leaders at the Four Season’s Miami Hotel.

This year’s co-chairmen included Michele Chulick of UHealth, Ian Pesses of Akerman Senterfitt and George and Marla Bergmann of Bergmann Properties. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Maggie Newland from CBS4.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception prior to entering into the red-themed ballroom, where they dined on healthy culinary delights and listened to live music from Street Life Band. Guests were touched by a heartfelt testimonial from a woman whose husband died of heart disease and learned shortly after his death that their first child Natalia also has a heart defect. “Natalia Bee” took the stage and thanked everyone for their support. Attendees generously gave “open your heart” financial contributions that will go toward lifesaving research, education and community programs.

During the special Cor Vitae Awards presentation, the organization honored two esteemed members of the Miami medical community with prestigious awards for their professional accomplishments in advancing the treatment and prevention of heart disease and stroke, which are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers, respectively, of American men and women. Dr. William O’Neill of the University of Miami was the recipient of the Cor Vitae Heart Award and Dr. Kathleen Schrank, also of the University of Miami, was the first female recipient of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association presented the 2012 Dr. Sanford L. & Beatrice Ziff Big Heart Humanitarian Award to the Miami Marlins for their encouragement of physical activity and education among our youth.

Other notable attendees included University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez.

The Signature Sponsor of the 2012 campaign is Dade Medical College. Other sponsors of the 2012 gala include: The Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation; UHealth - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Florida Healthcare Plus, Inc.; and Siemens/MedLab. Media Sponsors are 790 AM The Ticket and MIAMI Magazine.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will continue their aggressive efforts to combat these deadly diseases and celebrate future successes at the 2013 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball which will be led by Ernesto and Sylvia Perez of Dade Medical College.

For further information about the event throughout the year, please call (954) 492-6911.




University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Sam & Roni Jacobson



Ernesto and Sylvia Perez, Dade Medical College, 2013 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball Chairs

Dr. Kathleen Schrank, University of Miami, first female recipient of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award and her husband Robert Schrank, Esq.


Natalia “Bee,” heart disease survivor and Mary D'Argenis-Fernandez

Dr. William O’Neill, University of Miami, recipient of the Cor Vitae Heart Award


Dr. Ralph Sacco, Dr. Kathleen Schrank, University of Miami, first female recipient of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award, and Dean Pascal Goldschmidt

University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, and Luis Del Pozo


Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, Beatrice Ziff and Joanne Messing from the Miami Marlins, recipient of the 2012 Dr. Sanford L. & Beatrice Ziff Big Heart Humanitarian Award

Dr. Eduardo de Marchena, & Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, presenting the Cor Vitae Heart Award to Dr. William O’Neill


Heart healthy appetizer

Siemens/MedLab table


Janet & Carlos Gonzalez of Florida Healthcare Plus, Inc.

American Heart Association’s Mission Statement


Ian Pesses, Marvin & Elaine Pesses, Michele Chulick & their children Blair & Tod Pesses.

Entertainment for the evening provided by Seven Chase Music- Street Life Band!


Bergmann Properties table

Maria Shojaee (left) & guests


Dr.& Mrs. William O’Neill pictured with their family & President Donna Shalala

Sam & Roni Jacobson