Charleston Heart Ball Raises $391k for the American Heart Association

On Friday, March 23rd the American Heart Association(AHA) hosted the 21st Annual Charleston Heart Ball, raising more than $391,000 in critical funds that helps fight and prevent heart disease and stroke in the community.

More than 400 guests attended the elegant evening of dining, dancing, live entertainment and auctions. Guests could bid on once-in-a lifetime packages including a trip Antigua and a gorgeous emerald ring from Skatell’s Jewelers.

Dr. Brett Baker of Roper St. Francis Healthcare led the engaging evening of fun and passion and brought community and philanthropic leaders together to celebrate the mission of AHA. Guests heard the incredible story of Ben Burkholder and Davis Dawson, who are this year’s Open Your Heart Honorees. Ben and Davis represent one out of every 100 children that are born with a congenital heart defect.

AHA strives to educate the community of America’s No. 1 killer, cardiovascular disease and No. 5 killer, stroke. Nearly 2,200 Americans die of heart disease each day - that is one person every 39 seconds.

Through the generous support of the community, signature sponsor Roper St. Francis Healthcare, the Charleston Heart Ball’s signature sponsor, and local Life is Why sponsor MUSC, the American Heart Association was able to celebrate the lives saved and improved in the coastal community.

All proceeds generated by the 21st Annual Charleston Heart Ball will support AHA-funded cardiovascular disease research, helping to improve the lives of residents in the area. To learn more about the Charleston Heart Ball, please visit

About the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit