The American Heart Association held its annual “Heart and Soul” gala on June 9 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The centerpieces on the ballroom tables included an arrangement of white hydrangeas, purple tulips and roses varying in shades of pink, and a gourmet heart-healthy dinner was served.

Sasha Masakowski performed during the dinner, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation entertained guests after the ceremony.

A live auction featured trips to Shanghai and the Isle of Capri in Italy; a movie night for 50 at the Theaters at Canal Place; a Saints vs. Falcons game package; and a signed 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Silent auction items included trips to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; hotel stays in Washington D.C., Sandestin, Colorado and New Orleans; and jewelry by Hiller Jewelry, Aucoin Heart and Mignon Faget.

The event was a celebration of life and raised $270,000. The funds raised at the gala will help the AHA to continue to fight against cardiovascular diseases and defects. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States, and heart defects are the No. 1 killer of children. The American Heart Association funds research and educational programs both locally and nationally.

Event at a Glance
What: “Heart and Soul” gala, benefiting the American Heart Association
When: Saturday, June 9
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans