A Heartfelt Evening

The American Heart Association holds their annual extravaganza.

Mayor Mitch and Cheryl Landrieu

Photographed by Melissa Calico

400 guests filled the grand ballroom at the Hyatt Regency to show their support for the American Heart Association in early May. Walt Leger III chaired this annual event that brings the cause of heart health and education in Louisiana to the forefront of conversation, and the event honored Dr. Roger Ogden of Ochsner Hospital for his long time support of the AHA and his invaluable involvement in its fundraising efforts.

Guests got on their feet and moved to the music of Rockin’ Dopsie, and decorations were inspired by the “Heart and Soul” theme of the evening, with tables decorated with white roses and draped in red and gold organza and centerpieces in the form of gilded musical instruments. The evening’s menu included seared rib eye with a port wine demi-glaze and red velvet cake for dessert. Silent auction items included a stay at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC and VIP tickets to the Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The funds raised will allow the American Heart Association to continue the fight against cardiovascular diseases – the leading killer of men and women in Louisiana and the nation. This year alone the AHA invested well over $2 million into groundbreaking research at many local institutions.


Event at a Glance

What: “Heart and Soul Gala,” benefiting the American Heart Association
When: Saturday, May 11
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

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