The American Heart Association’s Annual Hamptons Heart Ball Had Heart & Lots Of It
The unofficial start of summer in the Hamptons usually begins with The American Heart Association’s Hamptons Heart Ball. While this year the location was switched to bring it back “in town” it still proved to be a huge success. The rain held off, but the festivities did not. The 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball was attended by over 400 people raising over $700,000 to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. More importantly, there were no long speeches or tributes this year; just good auction items, food and live music!
The event honored Audrey & Martin Gruss, of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation and Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, Department Chair of Vascular Surgery at Stony Brook and Director of the Heart and Stroke Center at Southampton Hospital.
The Ball was Co-Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and Author and Chuck Simonton, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Abbott. Entertaining the guests was Master of Ceremonies Greg Kelly.
Also, in attendance was Bob Chaloner, NY Congresswoman Rebecca Seawright, Meredith Cohen, Dottie Herman, Lauren Witkoff, Dr. Jeff Moses, Robert Zimmerman, Dr. Larry Chinitz, John & Terry Tortorella, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Maria and Ken Fishel, Missy Hargraves, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Anka Palitz, Larry Kaiser, Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen, Lauren and Bob Roberts, Lilliana Cavendish, Pamela O’Connor and John and Margo Catsimatidis.