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46th annual Heart Ball - where every second counts

February 8, 2014
Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - When it comes to saving lives in a cardiac event, every second counts. That is the theme of the 46th annual Ohio Valley Heart Ball to be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Belmont Hills Country Club. It could also be said that every guest at the Heart Ball counts, too, since the event is the Ohio Valley Division of the American Heart Association's largest fundraiser of the year.

The evening of music and dancing, along with a silent auction, promotes the mission of the American Heart Association, which is dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a string quartet. Special presentations are scheduled for 8:30, followed by entertainment by the Redline Band from 9 to midnight. The Cleveland-based band was recently named Cleveland's #1 Event Band.

Tickets for the ball are $75 per person or $150 per couple. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association - Ohio Valley Division and are used to benefit cardiovascular research, health education and community programs in the Ohio Valley. Donations/tickets are tax deductible, as permitted by law.

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The 46th annual Ohio Valley Heart Ball will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 at Belmont Hills Country Club. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Pictured, from left, are Ohio Valley Heart Ball co-chairman Melissa Rataiczak, Open Your Heart Campaign poster child Ty Lallone, Ohio Valley Heart Ball co-chairman John Rataiczak, American Heart Association division director Valerie Grimes and corporate sponsorship chairman Mike Green.

"The passion of our volunteers drives the success of the Heart Ball," said John Rataiczak, who, with his wife, Melissa, serves as co-chair of the event. "Not only is the Heart Ball an extraordinarily fun event, but the money raised each year goes directly to support the American Heart Association's mission to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. People who support and attend the Heart Ball really do save lives."

Rataiczak noted that many local businesses are central to the Heart Ball's success. "We would like to thank Murray Energy for being our Society Champion Sponsor," he said. "Murray Energy's extraordinary assistance, along with our other sponsors, help to make this event successful." Among the other local companies helping the Heart Ball are Capstone Holding Company, DeFelice Bros. Pizza Inc., Lifeline Hospital, Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Mr. & Mrs. Mike Green, Ohio Valley Medical Center, Riesbeck's Food Markets, Inc., The Source Fitness Center, United Mine Workers of American, WesBanco, and Williamstown Services, LLC. In addition," Rataiczak said, "we've received support from the Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Affordable Dentures, Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Gabis, Kohl's, Kotogonis Apartments, Mr. & Mrs. Matt Goolie, Mr. & Mrs. John Koren, Ohio River Collieries, Ohio Valley Mall, Steptoe & Johnson, Clear Channel Radio, WTRF-TV and the Ogden newspapers."

For additional information or reservations for individuals or groups, contact Sherri Evans at 330-445-2602.



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