Through the Heart of New Orleans and Heart Ball campaign, the American Heart Association celebrates the community’s success in driving change, funding research and improving behaviors to fight heart disease through programming including CPR training, blood pressure monitoring and nutritional security for families in need.

The main event on Saturday, June 11, hosted more than 310 patrons for an evening of inspirational stories, a three-course dinner, mingling and entertainment. Lizzie and Ryan Rodrigue shared their son Pip’s heart story at the event, and how services provided by the AHA saved his life. Other speakers included emcee Mark Romig, a member of the Heart Ball’s Executive Leadership Team, and Coretta LaGarde, new Executive Director for the AHA’s GNO area.

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Mitch’s Flowers provided floral arrangements along with decor provided by Mardi Gras Productions to enhance the event’s theme, an evening at Versailles. The Essentials served as entertainment for the evening with a special guest appearance by members of the Merry Antoinettes. Additionally, 49 items available for bidding included a luxury condo stay on 30A at The Prominence and a diamond bracelet from Diamonds Direct. The live auction offered a ring from Aucoin Hart Jewelers, a luxury deep sea fishing charter donated by Hornbeck Offshore and a private dinner for 10 prepared by John Besh at One River Place donated by Hancock Whitney and Jessica Brandt.

Mrs. Brandt served as the 2022 Heart Ball Chair for the third time, with a combined total of over $1 million raised for the AHA. She also hosted the patron party on June 2 at the Metairie Country Club for top event sponsors and the Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team. The Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation served as the Gold Sponsor alongside several other generous sponsors. 

New Orleans Heart Ball

Chad and Kelly Lusco, Dr. Michael Conerly

New Orleans Heart Ball

Elliot Hutchinson, Liz Hefler, Michael Hecht

New Orleans Heart Ball

Mark Romig, Liz Broekman, David Briggs 

New Orleans Heart Ball

Phil Gunn, Jeanne Turner, Jessica Brandt, Sal Randazzo 

New Orleans Heart Ball

Ryan Rodrigue, Lizzie Rodrigue, Rebecca LeBlanc, Daniel Marse  

New Orleans Heart Ball

Ryan Burks, Stephanie Burks, Kim Smith, Larry Smith