"Jardin au Pavillon Frais" Blooms in Palm Beach at 62nd Annual Palm Beach Heart Ball

"Have a Heart" was the catchword of the 62nd Annual Heart Ball, as the sold out event raised over $1 million for The America Heart Association.


Annie, Michael & Kayla Falk


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, which 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.

Sally Ross Soter & Nancy Brown


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 & Leo Vecellio

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 Legacy Sponsor.

Tim Luke & Sally Severeid


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 opening cocktail hour was lively , with spirited bidding in the silent auction, and pink champagne and hors d'oeuvres being served.



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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 stroke.For information, go to www.



Virginia Oatley & Chris Leavitt


Bidding in the live auction


Herme de Wyman Miro & John Browne


John & Dianne Couris


Michelle & Dr. Gonzalo Loveday







Monika & John Preston


Robbin & Robert Lee



Sharon O'Neil, Judi Richards & Janet Levy


Alisa  Kosek, JP Ross, Julie & Howard Rudolph


Taylor & Jeff Alderton












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