Hampton Roads Heart Ball rallies to advance health equity

The 2023 Hampton Roads Heart Ball will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, VA. The annual gala is a culmination of the year-round American Heart Association Heart of Hampton Roads campaign, which kicked off on Valentine’s Day. This year’s chairwomen announced an initiative uniting community leaders to invest and make an impact in improving youth outreach and education on heart health and nutrition literacy and understanding your family history/genealogy while changing the trajectory of your own health based on your inherent risk factors. The Heart Ball marks a moment in time to reflect, honor and celebrate the progress made through the determination, dedication and passion of all who support the Heart of Hampton Roads.

The American Heart Association Hampton Roads Heart Ball Chairwomen, Liisa Ortegon and Terrie Edwards have designated their Executive Leadership Team, a group of individuals throughout the community who will use their networks and influence to support a successful campaign. This year’s Executive Leadership Team includes:

Ashford Denman, Sentara Healthcare

Tiasha Campbell, Sentara Healthcare

Amber Price, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Keith Newby, Fort Norfolk Cardiology Associates

Dr. Deepak Talreja, Sentara Cardiology Specialists

Adam Luke, Riverside Health System

Pat Davis-Hagens, Bon Secours Hampton Roads

Dr. Ray McCue, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

Shaun Debnath, TowneBank

Dr. Alfred, Abuhamad, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Skip Smith, W.M. Jordan

Jennifer Boykin, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Cathie Vick, Port of Virginia

Jalana McCasland, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

Jim Hartz, Bayview Physicians Group

Mark Osada, LifeNet Health

The 2023 Hampton Roads Heart Ball is sponsored by Sentara Healthcare. This year attendees will enjoy a fabulous evening of dining, dancing to Better By Tuesday, an exciting auction and the naming of the 2023 R. Bryan Grinnan Award winner.

The prestigious R. Bryan Grinnan, M.D. Memorial Research Award, established in 1991 in honor of the founder and president of the Hampton Roads American Heart Association board, honors an outstanding individual who has served to make our Hampton Roads community a better place through their investment of time and/or a financial contribution in support of heart and brain health. To nominate an individual click here. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2023.

The Heart of Hampton Roads campaign and the Heart Ball support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, which aims to reduce barriers to health care access and quality. The American Heart Association is the world’s leading nonprofit organization focuses on heart and brain health. For more information on how to support the American Heart Association, sponsorship opportunities or how to reserve your spot at the Hampton Roads Heart Ball, visit http://hrheartandstrokeball.heart.org or contact Laura Bynum at laura.bynum@heart.org.