Heart Ball Gets Pumped Up

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"Heart Heroes" -- Retired Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett and Amy Dawson Taggart, director of Mission: Readiness, a non-profit fighting childhood obesity. | Robert Devaney

The 15th annual Greater Washington Heart Ball filled the National Building Museum Feb. 23 with the region’s most prominent physicians, corporate, health care and community leaders — along with music of the Persuasions and a live performance of Christopher Janney’s “HeartBeat” as well as a younger “Heart After Dark” party. Also honored was the U.S. military through the “Heart Heroes” program. Ball chair was Matt Voorhees, CEO and co-founder of Anybill. One item in the lively live auction included a 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur, valued at $30,000. Proceeds benefitted the American Heart Association. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of people in the United States; it kills more people annually than the next five causes of death combined.

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