A wine reception and silent auction with oodles of great gifts gave guests plenty of time to mingle before the tasty dinner.
Emcees Rick Woodell and Mary Beth Zolik of 101.5 The River kept the evening on beat. But not before they gave a few statistics: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, and obesity is the No. 1 concern for adults and children. The top factors contributing to heart disease and stroke are diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Testimonials by heart patients Kelsie Brown with her parents Clark and Sandy Brown, and Dana Cruse-Malcomson with her doctor Bruce Washington, elicited compassion from the audience.
Among the more than 325 formally clad guests were board chairman Dr. David Lindstrom and board president Dr. Paul Berlacher. Also in attendance were Dr. Louito Edje, Bob and Deb Walters, Gary and Cheryl Thieman, Drs. Praveen and Kamala Tamirisa, Marv and Nancy Robon, and Becky and Jim O'Neill.
The estimated $107,561 was raised to support cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts. That's thanks to the guest and event chairman Buzz Hermann of Mercy who was assisted by Jon Bixler, Denny Witherell, and Drs. Ameer Kabour, Tom Schwann, Trey Brunsting, and John Schaeufele.
PINK in the Rink at Hunt-ington Center for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was a great success, 8,000 attendees showing up for the sold-out Walleye game.
The March 4 event raised more than $8,000.
Roaming the suites area were Komen board members and spouses including Kathleen and Jack Zouhary, Angie and Matt Ash, Karen and Mark Ridenour, and Mark Evans.
In the ProMedica suite were Breast Care Center radiologists Robin Shermis, Malcolm Doyle, Tamara Martin, and Keith Wilson.
Spotted in the Huntington and Heidtman Suites were Sue McKinnney, Renee Schick, Ann and Alan Albert, Violet Woods, Howard Walters, Suzette Croll, Jeri and Ron Hoellrich, Pam Downour, and Julia Peebles.
NOTRE Dame Academy and Junior Academy presented "Heart & Soul: A Scholarship Benefit Extraordinaire" on March 12 in the LaValley Gymnasium at the school.
It was an international evening honoring Women of Global Vision including one of NDA's own as honorary chairman: The Honourable Kristina (Kerscher) Keneally, premier of New South Wales, Australia, and member of the Class of 1987. She is the 42nd premier of New South Wales and the first woman and first former American to hold the office.
She was not able to attend because of the current elections for her position in Australia, but in a video she credited Notre Dame for the values and ethics it instilled in her.
Nearly 300 guests ate international gourmet cuisine as they shopped the international silent auction followed by a scholarship auction.
Event chairmen were Stacy Langenderfer and Lisa DeClark assisted by Jo Ann Savage and Mrs. Kuhr, past benefit chairmen. The event netted $115,900 for scholarships.
Barbara Hendel is The Blade's society editor.
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