Philanthropic Fun: For Heart’s Sake

The American Heart Association hosted a gala devoted to building healthier lives and communities.
Co-Chairs Vicky and Peter Sperling

The “2018 Heart & Soul Gala” brought 300 attendees to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association and continue the work of fighting cardiovascular disease.

An original painting by Maya Irimpen was showcased as guests walked into the Hyatt New Orleans Hotel, a motif from the event invitations and program. An ivy wall with swirls of red roses served as the backdrop for the red carpet photos.

The John Eubanks Duo provided entertainment for the silent auction and cocktail party. Stormy the Band entertained patrons in the ballroom. The Hyatt provided catering for the event.

Vicky and Peter Sperling served as Event Chairs; Arlene and Alan Philipson served as Open Your Heart Chairs; and the event honored the Philipsons in memory of Andy Philipson.

Scott Walker served as Emcee, and Chuck Mutz was the Auctioneer. Key auction prizes included diamond earrings from Friend & Company and a three-night stay at Raiwasa Private Resort in the beautiful Fiji Islands.

Event at a Glance

What: “2018 Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association
Where: Hyatt New Orleans Hotel
When: Saturday, June 16

Honorees Arlene and Alan Philipson
Kristina Larson, Reina Renee, Reagan Charleston and Beverly Matheney