The 2017 Upstate Heart Ball raised a record-breaking $1 million that will fund lifesaving research to fight the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in South Carolina: heart disease and strokes. This marks the first time the American Heart Association has raised $1 million at an event in South Carolina.
The affair, led by co-chairs Charles and Libby Dalton, was held Saturday, Feb. 18 at the TD Convention Center and welcomed a crowd of more than 900 guests and community leaders.
“Libby and I were thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event,” said Charles Dalton. “The Upstate Heart Ball was truly a collaborative effort. I would like to extend deep appreciation to the sponsors, committees, patrons and the Upstate community for the overwhelming generosity and support which led to the record breaking success.”
Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to bid on more than $200,000 in live and silent auction items. Top auction items included a one-week stay in the Dominican Republic, a trip to NYC with tickets to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Show, and a concert experience for the sold-out Soul 2 Soul tour with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Special guests, Dabo and Kathleen Swinney, attended this year’s ball and hosted a VIP meet and greet prior to the event. The live auction portion of the evening was given a boost from Coach Swinney and Clemson University by their generous donations for the VIP Clemson experience.
The evening celebrated the American Heart Association’s mission and honored four local survivors whose lives have been saved or improved because of the efforts of the American Heart Association. This year’s honorees were Matt Tindall, Jordan Hamblen, Sam Wyche, and Cooper Bach.
Next year’s Heart Ball will be Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. For more information or to sponsor the Upstate Heart Ball please contact Mary Ellen Prophitt at the American Heart Association – (864) 605-7224 or MaryEllen.Prophitt@heart.org.