On February 14, 2017, Palm Beach Heart Ball Chairwoman,
Annie Falk, along with 475 distinguished guests,
formally celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the Palm
Beach Heart Ball. To highlight the American Heart
Association’s Teaching Gardens program, the Breakers’
Venetian Ballroom was transformed into the Pavillon
Frais. The Pavillon Frais was situated amidst an
enchanted garden setting. It was utilized as a way to
connect with nature and heal the mind, body and soul.
Just as the garden of Pavillon Frais served as a space
for health and healing, the Teaching Gardens represent a
place of renewal for children in our community. As a
result of this event five Teaching Gardens have been
created or sustained.
American Heart Association CEO, Nancy Brown, presented
Sally Ross Soter with the Heart of Palm Beach Award
for her dedication to improving health through the
creation of our local Teaching Garden program and her
passion for research. Her generous investment to fund
the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular
Research is truly making an
impact on countless lives.
Kathryn C. Vecellio, a longtime supporter of the
American Heart Association, served as honorary chairman.
Kathryn is also the Founding Member of the Go Red For
Women Founder’s Circle.
John Couris, CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, addressed
the audience and thanked the committee, guests and
volunteers for their gracious dedication and support of
the Palm Beach Heart Ball and the mission of the
American Heart Association. Mount Sinai Heart New York
at Jupiter Medical Center is the Palm Beach Heart Ball
Guests danced the evening away to music performed by
Soul Survivor. Tim Luke
served as the auctioneer for the evening, and what a
spirited live auction it was.
Chris Leavitt and Virginia Oatley led the charge for the
Palm Beach Heart Ball Junior Committee. The Palm Beach
Heart Ball is the oldest continuously running ball in
Palm Beach and the oldest Heart Ball in the nation. The
American Heart Association hosts the ball in order to
increase awareness and continue its mission of building
healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and