photos courtesy of The Heart Ball


The Heart Ball, one of the Valley’s most popular and prestigious social events of the year, was held on November 17, 2018 at the Phoenician Resort. The annual Ball, now in its 59th year, is the major fundraiser, both locally and nationally, for the American Heart Association. The evening celebrates the lives saved and improved by the community’s ongoing commitment to make heart health a priority. 

The sold-out crowd of over 750 guests attended the glamorous event in their finest red, black and silver attire. This year’s theme, Driven Hearts, was a reminder for people to act quickly and phone 9-1-1 at the first signs of a heart attack or stroke.

Above, top left: Lisa and Jeffrey Geyser. Above, top right: Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. Bottom, leftDr. Robert McCulloch and Camerone Parker McCulloch. Bottom, right: Paula and William Wichterman.


Chairman Carolyn Jackson, honorary chairs C.A. and Nan Howlett, and executive committee members Sylvia Shoen and Dr. Ingrid Haas along with chair-elect Kristine Thompson, delivered a flawless event. Beth McRae was the 2018 Sweetheart. 

The Ballroom’s strikingly elegant décor was created by Avant-Garde William and Company Floral Design Studio. Towering bouquets of racing red roses with accents of black and chrome complemented this year’s theme. After a cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a gourmet sit-down dinner followed. Guests danced the night away to the tunes of West Coast Music’s Impulse, accompanied by the Contemporary Rainbow Room Dance Orchestra.


Since its inception, the Phoenix Heart Ball has helped to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of countless men, women and children in the Phoenix area. Since the Ball’s inception, more than $35 million has been raised. Contributions support much needed cardiovascular research, professional and community education and advocacy efforts. For more information, visit