Community West Foundation Teams with Straight from the Heart for Red-Tie Gala

$100,000 winner Lisa Mares and her husband with Dr. Donald Malone, President, Lutheran Hospital, Dr. Rebecca Starck, President, Avon Hospital and Dr. Neil Smith, President, Fairview Hospital

Over 500 guests joined in the fun for the 15th annual Straight from the Heart Red-Tie Gala – the west side’s leading fundraiser benefiting cardiovascular services for the communities surrounding Avon, Fairview and Lutheran Hospitals – at Westlake’s LaCentre last Saturday evening.

“On behalf of the Straight from the Heart Committee, we would like to thank you and the community for the incredible support, generosity and enthusiasm which has made this gala one of the premier events in Northeast Ohio,” said Anthony Vlastaris, MD, Regional Medical Director, and Gwen Print, RN, MSN, Regional Senior Director, Cardiovascular Services, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the Straight from the Heart Executive Committee and the Community West Foundation for all of their hard work and support.”

Ladies in red

Funds from last year’s event were used to develop and support a variety of regional programs in the West Shore:

  • Annual Youth Movement Contest (Winners – Gilles Sweet Elementary, Fairview Park, Thoreau Park Elementary, Learwood Middle School, Miles Park, Marion Steele High, and Cleveland School of the Arts).
  • Food, fitness and fun events for children to promote healthier futures,
  • Community educational events year-around,
  • Therapeutic post-op support pillows for all open heart patients,

    Gwen Print, Regional Senior Director, Cardiovascular Services and Dr. Anthony Vlastaris, Regional Medical Director, Cardiovascular Services

  • Continuing education grant in remembrance of A. Chase Getz, MD,
  • Lutheran Hospital employee health & wellness program,
  • Lakewood Emergency Dept. equipment needs for cardiac patients,
  • Full day recreation event for caregivers,
  • Sponsored Avon Hospital community mini-series, ‘Eat Healthy, Get Fit.’

“Please be assured that your support of Straight from the Heart will assist our hospitals in continuing to provide the very best in the treatment of heart disease,” said Dr. Vlastaris.

Highlight of the evening is the drawing for 40 exciting raffle ticket winners, topped by a $100,000 grand prize!

Here are the winners:

  1. $100,000 Cash: Lisa Mares
  2. Mercedes Benz CLA 250, 2 year lease: Mary Ronan

    Dr. Deborah Ghazoul-Mills, with her husband John Mills, Sr. Vice President of Operations at Fairview Hospital.

  3. Toyota Camry SE, 2 year lease: Lisa Wrobbel
  4. $10,000 Cash: Patricia Onacila
  5. Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle: Bill Roth
  6. European Mediterranean Cruise for two: Jamie Buczek
  7. American Paddlewheel cruise for 5 days: Lin Matus
  8. $5,000 Cash: Bill Grulich
  9. 7-day trip for two to Hawaii: Amanda Costello
  10. 5-day trip for four to Walt Disney World: Ellen Colageras
  11. 7-night Caribbean Cruise for two: Marie Cykman
  12. 6-night trip for two to Punta Cana: Sheila Struble
  13. Cultured pearl and white gold necklace: Charles Churney
  14. $2,000 Cash: Emad Nukta
  15. 2-night trip for two to Nashville: Frank Rigelsky
  16. Fur/Leather Jacket: David O’Neill
  17. $2,000 Cash: Sheila Witherington
  18. 3-night trip for two to Las Vegas: Andrea Jacobs
  19. Weekend Getaway for two to New York City: Mark Myers

    Dr. James Magisano, Community West Foundation Life Trustee with his wife Lois.

  20. Pro-Rower and Workout Essentials: Lisa Morrison
  21. $1,500 Cash: Kara Huston
  22. Weekend Getaway for two to Chicago: Scott Edinger
  23. His/Hers Movado watches: Renee Malkawi
  24. Cultured pearl and diamond earrings: Jenna Sipus
  25. Stock your Cellar with 100 assorted wines: Barb Vance
  26. $1,000 Travel Voucher: Mandy Thoburn
  27. $1,000 Cash: Jennifer Ott
  28. $1,000 Grocery Spree: Sherry Ulrich
  29. Cleveland Indians 20 game ticket pass for 2: Nicole Troy
  30. 65″ Smart Television: Jennifer Lewis
  31. White and Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelets: Ronald Hollo
  32. His/Her Cruiser Bicycles: Kelly Mariner
  33. $500 Gas Card: Sara Morra
  34. $500 Cash: Teresa Duke
  35. $500 Amazon Gift Card: Kelli Falbo
  36. $500 Live Nation Concert Gift Card: Joseph Dowling
  37. Wireless Bose Speaker: Theresa Griebel
  38. Echo Speaker with Smart Home Hub accessories: Marla Gerrek
  39. Fitbit Ionic Smart Fitness Watch: John Meyerhoffer
  40. $250 Zappos Shoe Spree: Carol Mitsch

Thank you to all! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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