|A record crowd – and record Late Party crowd – at last Saturday’s Rutherford Heart Ball helped raise $200,000 net for the mission of the American Heart Association, an increase of $27,000 over last year’s event.
The event at Stones River Country Club drew about 365 Ball guests and about 150 Late Party revelers, who bid on silent auction items including fine jewelry, trips, party and food experiences and even an adorable lemonade stand crafted of old wood; dined on beef and scallops laced with a beurre blanc sauce and a cran-apple crumble with Jack Daniels-infused whipped cream and a watermelon heart cutout; welcomed Heart Ball Honoree Bud Young – only weeks out of major surgery – with a standing ovation; and danced the night away to the band Entice.
The Deco-inspired theme was carried out by Lori Sain-Smith and her team with silver-gray and black linens, black chairs, tall dramatic vases of white blooms, Mercury-style glass votives and crystals scattered about on the tables and draped from the chandeliers.
2013 Heart Ball chairs were Lady & Bart Hamilton and Lissa & Davis Young. The 2013 Heart Ball Late Party co-chairs were Ann Elizabeth & Rich Rucker and Maggie & Ben Parsley. The presenting sponsor of the event was Saint Thomas Heart at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
Proceeds go to benefit the mission of the American Heart Association, building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.