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This year’s “stories of the impossible” theme for the Rutherford Heart Ball is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland.
In just three short weeks, Rutherford Heart Ball attendees will be whisked into a world where the impossible is possible.

An annual fundraiser gala held by the American Heart Association, the Rutherford Heart Ball is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.

Sponsored by Saint Thomas Heart at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, the black tie-optional evening features a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing and auctions, according to a news release from the American Heart Association. Additionally, the event will include a Late Night Party for those wishing to extend the celebration. Cocktail hour lasts from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by dancing to the band Burning Las Vegas.

This year’s “stories of the impossible” theme is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland and plays on the fact that medical treatments and prognoses once thought to be impossible are now happening every day, thanks to research funded by the American Heart Association.

David and Karen Scott have been named to chair the 2011 Rutherford Heart Ball, the release continues.

“We are honored to chair the 2011 Rutherford Heart Ball and assist the American Heart Association in its mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said David Scott, who is Murfreesboro city president for Regions Bank.

The event’s message will be highlighted by Heart Ball honoree Johnny Mitchell, and by Andrea Cain of Murfreesboro City Schools, who will speak about how the American Heart Association is partnering with Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools to improve health.

Attendees are also welcome to bid on a number of live and silent auction items, including a one-week getaway to Cancun, a Tennessee Titans Training Camp experience and a private tour of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing for 10 people.

Funds raised at the Heart Ball go to hospital outreach, research and community education, both locally and across the country, to fight cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 killer of men and women and the No. 2 killer of children.

According to the Rutherford County branch of the American Heart Association, the annual Rutherford Heart Ball typically yields between $200,000 and $250,000.

The American Heart Association announced that it is currently funding more than $5.6 million in active research grants at Middle Tennessee institutions, and $132 million nationwide. The association has funded more than $3.2 billion in cardiovascular research since 1924, thanks to donations, which have helped create such treatment standards as CPR, stents and cholesterol-lowering and clot-busting drugs. Funds raised by the American Heart Association have made their way back to Rutherford County in the form of CPR training for middle school students and AED placements, among other initiatives.

For more information on the Rutherford Heart Ball, contact the American Heart Association at 615-340-4102.

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