Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Heart Ball Committee prepares for upcoming Ball year

Heart Ball Committee members.
Standing: L-R: Valerie Clarke, Keniqua Whitehouse, Alexandria Newbold, Portia Nottage (co-chair), Coretta Owen (Co-chair), Melinda Maynard, Linda Lafleur, Claire Howorth, Lady Sheila Butler, Maria Symonette

The year 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of The Heart Foundation. The Heart Ball Committee put their all into the celebrations earlier this year. However, they have not stopped working to help repair hearts. This group of dedicated workers recently met to plan for their upcoming fund raisers and to jumpstart The Heart Ball. They have been working arduously to make the upcoming Heart Ball a larger success than it has been in the past, primarily because more money is needed, due to the increase in the number of patients needing assistance. Despite the need for more money, amidst hard economic times, The Committee keeps a smile on their face, because they know that the more funds they raise, the more they can reach out to help repair children’s hearts in The Bahamas.

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund-raising arm of The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, commonly referred to as The Heart Foundation. The Heart Foundation is one of the most respected charitable organizations in the Bahamas. Being a non-profit organization, The Heart Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of others to meet their goals and encourage Bahamians to lend their support.

Established in 1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon, as attribute to her husband, The Heart Foundation aims to provide assistance to children in need of heart repair. Almost all of the overhead costs of the Foundation are donated, so benefactors can rest assure that their donations are assisting young patients. Over 97% of each dollar raised goes directly to the aid of the children.

For the past 50 years the Sassoon Heart Foundation has assisted over 4,000 young Bahamians with heart ailments. The Heart Foundation works in partnership with the Bahamas Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease and what must be done to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle.

Each year, The Heart Ball Committee strives to host at least two fund raising events: The Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show and The Annual heart Ball. The Annual Tea Party and Fashion show jumpstarts the Ball year. It is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Government House. The event promises to be very exciting and entertaining with a hat parade, table decorating contest, in-house raffle, fashion show, fine teas and much, much more.

The Heart Ball is scheduled to be held on February 18, 2012. This grand event promises glitz, glamour, fine foods, great entertainment, prizes and surprises. It’s an event that exceeds the imagination and makes Valentines time something to look forward to. Patrons of all Heart Ball Committee events can be satisfied knowing that their contributions will help to repair a child’s heart, providing future benefits.

Other fundraising activities of The Heart Foundation include the giving of “Go red” dress pins and benefit performances in exchange for a donation. The Heart Foundation accepts gifts, memorial donations and tax-deductible donations. No amount is ever too small. The Foundation invites individuals and organizations to lend their support. Just as heart disease does not discriminate, these events and activities do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity or other. All are welcome to participate.

For information on ticket purchases or donations please contact The Heart Foundation at telephone number 327-0806 thru 10.

Visit The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation