The American Heart Association, (AHA) the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is going “beyond the table” to further the commitment of the annual Heart Ball of Austin. The event is in its 24th year and is presented by St. David’s HealthCare. Hundreds of community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders are expected to attend the live virtual event from living rooms all over Austin to support and celebrate the heart-healthy organization’s mission.
The campaign is co-chaired by Jim Kohloff, Regional Vice President in Austin for Texas Mutual Insurance Company, and Greg Euston, Vice President at JE Dunn Construction. “Our vision for Hearts of Austin and the Heart Ball is to expand the mission of the traditional Heart Ball to move ‘beyond the gala table.’ The new Heart of Austin campaign takes philanthropic efforts beyond the ballroom, working daily to help every heart, improve the struggles of our neighbors and increase the impact of community partners,” said Greg Euston.
The year-round campaign has raised nearly $1 million to fund AHA research and education programs that will improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and ultimately save lives from heart disease and stroke. The goal is to reach $1 million by the end of the evening. Guests will have the chance to bid on exclusive silent and live auction items, such as a luxury travel packages to Tulum, Mexico, Golf with former Dallas Cowboy, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and a 26-person Hill Country Ranch Retreat, complete with a personal chef. Virtual party-goers will have the opportunity to meet a local survivor, Shawn Williams, who is currently awaiting a heart transplant and watch an exclusive musical performance featuring local artists.
The American Heart Association will also announce the 2021 Munday Legacy Award Recipient. The Munday Legacy Award recognizes an outstanding community leader who exemplifies Bill Munday’s commitment to the mission of the AHA. Bill Munday was one of the most generous and impactful philanthropists in Austin, having changed the lives of countless individuals and transformed our community with his charitable support.
For more information about the 24th Annual Heart Ball of Austin and to register, visit https://event.gives/atxheartball.
Meet Austin’s Community Impact Director – Catalina Berry
Catalina Berry is passionate about inspiring healthy living, community and giving back in her personal and professional life. After being an active volunteer for the American Heart Association for over ten years, Catalina is now the Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association Central Texas Market. Her work in her current role is around policy, systems, and environmental changes in the community with a focus in health equity. Growing up bi-cultural and bilingual has helped shape Catalina into who she is today as she strives to be a positive influence in the community.