The American Heart Association will host its Annual Southern New England Heart Ball at the Marble House in Newport on Saturday, June 11th.

This elegant affair will bring together 300 guests as we highlight the American Heart Association’s mission to improve the health of children in Southern New England.

This year’s Heart Ball is inspired by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, originally published in Chicago in 1900. As we travel with Dorothy down the yellow brick road, we will highlight research advances funded by the American Heart Association and introduce characters that represent all the ways heart disease and stroke impacts our community. We all need a HEALTHY heart, HEALTHY brain, and the courage to fight the number one health threats to all Americans. For each of us, our journey to health starts with our first days of life but for those born with congenital heart defects and their families, the struggle is very real. That’s why the American Heart Association is committed to funding vital research and awareness programs to make a longer, healthier life possible for everyone. Life is why.

With the support from generous donors and volunteers, the Heart Ball has a tremendous impact on the fight against heart disease and stroke in a number of ways:
• Funding Lifesaving Research
• Raising Awareness and Funds to Fight Congenital Heart Defects
• Advocating for Mandatory Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening
• Advocating for CPR Education in Schools
• Helping Children and Families Understand the Importance of Good Nutrition and Getting Active
• Educating the Community that Strokes Can Happen at Any Age

Visit http://sneheartball.heart.org to learn more!

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.