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Healthy Hearts

The American Heart Association honored four individuals for their contributions to cardiology.

Honoree Ken and Nina Friend

Photographed by Gil Rubman

Louisiana has heart – that’s for sure – and the American Heart Association is working to keep those hearts strong. The annual “Heart & Soul Gala” serves the New Orleans community by investing funds raised in the AHA’s educational outreach programs, CPR training and certification, placement of automated external defibrillators and funding for groundbreaking medical research.

The benefit featured a signature theme of New Orleans Jazz, with musical entertainment by Mixed Nuts and a three-course seated dinner, capped by a Ponchatoula strawberry shortcake.

Ken Friend, Dr. Anand Irimpen, Dr. Owen Mogabgab and Dr. Nidal Abi Rafeh were honored for their work and contributions in the field of cardiovascular health. Mary Lynn Lunn and Dr. William Lunn served as Co-Chairs, and Jennifer Hale served as Emcee.

The live auction featured a framed print of George Rodrigue’s “Drew Brees;” a Friend & Company pearl necklace with an emerald and diamond pendant; and a seven-day vacation to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. In the silent auction, prizes included a ride in the 2018 Krewe of Orpheus parade, a Saints Tunnel Zone Experience and a dinner feast for eight guests at Drago’s, including round-trip limo service.


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