Lincoln, March 3, 2023— The 2023 Lincoln Heart Ball brought hearts together to save lives and strive for equitable health for everyone living in Lincoln. With more than $225,000 raised, funds will support the live saving work of the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke.

“Our understanding of cardiovascular disease has progressed so much that it’s measurably changed outcomes for those diagnosed with heart disease,” said Dr. Keith Miller of Bryan Heart, chair for the event. “Each dollar raised impacts the lives of Nebraskans impacted by cardiovascular disease now and in the future.”

Co-chaired by Monte Froelich, the event was a culmination of the Heart of Lincoln, an American Heart Association campaign centered around every individual to address critical issues and drive work to equitably improve and save lives for everyone everywhere. The Heart Ball marks a special moment in time to reflect, honor and celebrate the progress made through the determination, dedication and passion of all who support the Heart of Lincoln.

Pinnacle Bank, Silverhawk Aviation, U.S. Property, Union Bank & Trust, CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart served as the gold and silver sponsors for this year’s event and the 2023 honoree and guest of honor was stroke survivor Ann Walters-Tilley. They were joined by host of the evening, Ava Thomas and Derrick Pearson and 300+ local guests who enjoyed musical entertainment by the dynamic band The Downtown Collective.

“Returning from the pandemic, events have taken a hit. But the Lincoln community rose to the challenge. With a fresh venue and a dedicated Executive Leadership team, the Ball was a great success,” said Froelich. “We cannot wait for next year’s event. Our sights are set even higher!”

The Heart of Lincoln and the Heart Ball support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, which aims to reduce barriers to health care access and quality. The American Heart Association is the world’s leading nonprofit organization focuses on heart and brain health. For more information on how to support the American Heart Association visit

Editor’s Note: Heart Ball photos can be found here. Photo credit to the American Heart Association.



About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  

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