Taking the pulse of the Heart Ball

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Azita Bayat and Thomas Mangold at the Heart Ball for the Heart Association.

Never really understood the American Heart Association. Still don’t. Learning, though.

Attended part of the Heart Ball, the Austin iteration of the national tradition, that is. It’s huge. Big ballroom at the JW Marriott. A separate roomy space for the silent auction and cocktail affair. They’re not playing around. One item was a special Fiat once owned by Jay Leno.


Azita Bayat and Thomas Mangold at the Heart Ball for the Heart Association.

Me: So who comes to these functions?

Another social columnist: Doctors.

Me: Ah, that’s why a recognize so few …

That social columnist: Right over there is the president of the board. Now, he’s not the chairman. They are two different things. He’ll explain it.

Indeed I chatted for a few golden minutes with Dr. Steven Warach of the Dell Medical School and Seton Family Healthcare, previously of Boston and Washington D.C. He focuses on strokes, and je also attended two eye-opening Austin events, One Word at a Time luncheon for the amazing Austin Speech Labs, the other the Future of Care luncheon with Innovation Awards for Seton.

Both are must-attend functions. Go ahead. Read about them.

Warach also explained that the president of the local board is always a medical doctor who deals with the scientific end of the business, while the chairman is a civilian who focuses on events and fundraising.

Well, I don’t know how much they netted, but the Heart Association, which disseminates the latest info on heart care, looks pretty rosy to me.

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