The 9th annual Straight from the Heart Red Tie Gala was a hit at LaCentre in Westlake as more than 500 festive guests celebrated heart health and community fellowship Sat., Feb. 16, 2013.
Sponsored by Community West Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic Western Region’s Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals, this annual fundraiser provides unparalleled support for the regional heart centers of these hospitals.
“I would like to thank you and our community for the incredible support, generosity and enthusiasm which has made this gala one of the premier benefit events in Northeast Ohio,” said Victor Hall, Vice President, Cardiovascular Services, Western Region Market.
“Proceeds from tonight’s event support the Regional Heart Centers and provide the most comprehensive resources available for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In partnership with each other and with the Cleveland Clinic, our hospitals continue to share best practices and resources to ensure excellence in our programs and our cardiac outcomes. Taking excellent care of our patients is our number one priority.”
Donations from last year’s generous supporters were used to supply Cleveland Metroparks with automated external defibrillators (AED). The donation allows the Metroparks to expand its safety program to cover the entire park system, providing each first-responder vehicle with an AED.
A highlight of the event is the countdown through 40 fabulous Straight from the Heart raffle prizes. This year’s grand prize of $100,000 was won by Cleveland West Sider Stephanie Gross, who was in attendance and tearfully took to the stage in astonishment as she was introduced to her oversized check by Dr. Robert Weil, President, Lakewood Hospital, Janice Murphy, President, Fairview Hospital, and Dr. Brian Donley, President, Lutheran Hospital.
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