The American Heart Association’s 2017 Côtes du Coeur Gala, held at the Omni Hotel in Dallas this past Saturday, April 22, hosted close to 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors and physicians.
Led by renowned Chef Richard Chamberlain, a team of 18 acclaimed chefs visited with guests and served up selections from a boldly unique tasting menu accompanied by wine pairings created from the cellars of 30 elite wineries.
The event featured 620 silent auction wine lots and 12 live auction items which offered opportunities to stay at exclusive luxury homes, tour vineyards, experience private chef tasting menus and much more.
Chaired by Kelly and David Pfeil with Barbara Smith as the Executive Leadership Team Chair, this year’s event grossed $4.6 million and netted $4 million to fund life-saving research and educational programs, making it a record-breaking sum for the Dallas event and across the country for the American Heart Association.
The highest Live Auction package was an exclusive trip to Paris to privately tour the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles, which sold twice for $110,000.
The most moving moment of the evening was the courageous address from Erin Hunter, a heart disease survivor. Erin shared her story on-stage with her mom, Denise. The survivor testimonial, Open Your Heart, was lead with a gift of $150,000, and matched in the room by an inspired couple, who prefer to remain anonymous.“I don’t remember a time where I didn’t have to think about my heart. Between my surgeries and check-ups, I lived as normal a life as I possibly could,” said Erin, who is now a nurse at the Heart Center at Children’s Health where she underwent numerous heart surgeries as a child. “Many people have said that things happen for a reason, and I believe that is true. Because of my experiences, I am able to give back to parents and patients going through similar tough times that my family went through.”
“It is because of fundraising events like Côtes du Coeur, and the support of the generous individuals and businesses that attended Saturday night, that the funding for cardiovascular research and health education programs remains strong and continues to save lives,” Cameron said.
Get ready for 2018…
SAVE THE DATE
2018 Côtes du Coeur
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2018 Côtes du Coeur Chairs: Terri & Tim Gallagher
Omni Hotel Dallas
555 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Image credits: Rhiannon Lee and Jessica Power.