LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2024 — This month’s Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Ball will commemorate a remarkable milestone: the American Heart Association’s 100 years of lifesaving work. This momentous occasion brings together a community with a shared vision dedicated to advancing health and hope for everyone, everywhere.

At the heart of this celebration are two extraordinary individuals: Dr. Richard J. Shemin and Susan Shemin, who will be recognized as Centennial Honorees. Their tireless advocacy and unwavering support align seamlessly with the AHA’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Dr. Shemin’s impactful work in cardiovascular disease has made significant leaps in cardiovascular treatment and care, impacting countless lives.

This year’s event will feature GRAMMY™ Award-winning singer-songwriter, Lisa Loeb. The touring musician, SiriusXM radio host, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist started her career with the platinum-selling hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. As a trailblazing independent artist, Lisa made history as the first pop musician to achieve a Number 1 single without a recording contract. With over 15 albums to her name, including the critically acclaimed 'A Simple Trick To Happiness' and the newly debuted single 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake' in collaboration with The Hollow Trees, Lisa continues to captivate audiences worldwide. You can catch Lisa daily on her own weekday SiriusXM radio show 'Stay With Lisa Loeb' on ‘90s on 9, as well as on her SXM podcast 'Where They Are Now!' In addition to her prolific music career, Lisa founded The Camp Lisa Foundation in 2008, dedicated to sending underserved kids to summer camp. An entrepreneur at heart, Lisa also oversees the business and design of Lisa Loeb Eyewear. When not at home in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and her cats, Lisa delights in performing around the globe and entertaining audiences of all ages.

The American Heart Association is also looking forward to having heart disease and stroke survivor Brooklyn McLinn share his remarkable story of resilience. McLinn is an actor, speaker and philanthropist who has faced significant health challenges. He has had two heart attacks, three open-heart surgeries, a pacemaker, a stroke and a heart transplant. Today, he uses his experiences to advocate for physical and mental well-being.

For the last 100 years, the American Heart Association has made bold moves to save lives and pioneer scientific discoveries. But we haven’t done it alone. We reach our goals working with organizations and individuals who share our vision for better health. The Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Ball unites supporters with a shared purpose to raise the critical funds we need to ensure our work continues.

In Los Angeles, the American Heart Association is focused on reducing uncontrolled high blood pressure, which disproportionately impacts Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American populations; improving access to healthy food in communities that need it the most; advocating for smoke-free air policies to improve public health; and building a Nation of Lifesavers by teaching more people CPR to improve survival rates from cardiac arrest.

The 2024 Greater Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Ball will be held on April 20, 2024 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. It is sponsored locally by Providence, UCLA Health and Keck Medicine of USC. For more information go to Heart.org/HeartOfLA.



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 publics health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us in Los Angeles on heart.org/losangelesFacebook, Instagram and Twitter or by calling (213) 291-7000.

For media inquiries:

Luis Cruz, Luis.Cruz@heart.org, (213) 291-7019.

For public inquiries:

1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) heart.org and stroke.org