Over the past three decades, the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball has raised more than $14 million to fight heart disease and stroke. This year, more than 800 guests filled Navy Pier’s Grand Ball Room (600 E. Grand) April 13 for the 31st annual event, co-chaired by Elkay Manufacturing CEO Tim Jahnke and his wife Sharla and hosted by WMAQ-Channel 5’s Kye Martin. The evening shined a spotlight on Dr. Stephen Archer, who received this year’s Heart of Gold Award, and on 10-year-old Sophia Burt, a congenital heart disease survivor who shared her story and thanked the crowd for their support. More than $1.7 million was raised to support the organization’s research, education and community programs.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the American Heart Association, up to a total of $10,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Bill Richert