FORT WORTH, June 18, 2024 — Fort Worth community leaders, philanthropists, and supporters came together to raise awareness and funds for heart health as part of the Heart of Tarrant County annual initiative. The celebratory 2024 Tarrant County Heart Ball, hosted by the American Heart Association in Fort Worth, took place on May 4, 2024, at the elegant River Crest Country Club, with resounding success.

Fort Worth native and multitalented Emmy winner Sainty Nelsen helped Heart Ball guests honor 10 child heart heroes and their families. These families are raising $75,000 for pediatric heart research. Southlake resident and former NBA player Jason Maxiell, along with his wife Brandi Maxiell, shared the story of their son, Jason Maxiell, Jr., who underwent open heart surgery after a heart defect was identified during a screening. Inspired by these resilient young survivors and with the help of the evening’s emcee, CBS News Texas Anchor Madison Sawyer, the ballroom supported the Association’s cause and donated generously to further the mission.
Lauren East and Lauren Duke, who are chairs of the Heart of Tarrant County initiative, played a significant role in leading an event that demonstrated community spirit and a commitment to a healthier future. Their leadership and vision motivated both individuals and businesses to come together to fight against cardiovascular diseases. Honorary chairs Ben Rosenthal and Ashli Blumenfeld also contributed to the cause, emphasizing their family's legacy and ongoing support for the Association's mission.

The annual Heart Hero award, sponsored by Stephanie and Michael Klein, recognized cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Vincent Tam for his passion and for how his life's work continues to make a difference in the health and hope of the Tarrant County community. Featuring live entertainment and gourmet dining, the successful evening brought $250,000 in mission support for the Association, making the year-round campaign total raised over half a million dollars. Notable auction items included exclusive trips to Costa Rica and Argentina, offering attendees the opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes and rich cultures while supporting a worthy cause.
The 2024 Tarrant County Heart Ball would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees. It is dedication and commitment to improving heart health in the Tarrant County community that makes a lasting impact. The commitment of Medical City Healthcare, supported by the HCA Healthcare Foundation, to improving healthcare and promoting heart health was instrumental in the success of this year's ball. More images from the Tarrant County Heart Ball can be seen here

Tarrant County leadership and volunteers pledge to continue the mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases, creating a healthier future for all. Those interested in connecting with the American Heart Association for the 2025 Tarrant County Heart Ball can do so via McKenzie Lamb at 


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 a century. During 2024 - our Centennial year - we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook , X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.    

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