The American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate demonstrated utmost goodwill and charity, drawing in a large crowd for their June 5 “Heart & Soul Gala” at the J.W. Marriott Hotel New Orleans on Canal Street.

Event chairs Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski put together an evening that began with a silent auction and a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a live auction.

The entertainment of the evening featured Tipitina’s Live Musical Review with Trixie Minx and her Burlesque Beauties. Musicians Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters also performed with special guest Glen David Andrews.

Though the evening had everyone in high spirits, it also generated funds to support education, research and awareness to prevent heart disease and stroke in the New Orleans area. Honored at the event were the LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane University Medical School for their joint endeavors and accomplishments in the field of cardiology and stroke.

In a state where heart disease is prevalent, the American Heart Association has certainly made an impact: The local office raises more than $1 million each year; their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Sponsors of the Heart and Soul Gala included LSUHSC, LAMMICO, Crescent Bank and Trust, Gary and Martha Solomon, Tulane University Medical Center and the Louisiana Heart Clinic; St. Charles Avenue served as media sponsor. The event was also made possible by a gala committee of more than 25 individuals.