(picture above: Josie and Scotty Wooten with their son, Jarod.)
More than 250 guests attended the American Heart Association’s Winston-Salem Heart Ball on April 25 at the Millennium Center. The event raised $240,000 through tickets, tables sold, sponsorships, silent and live auctions and individual donations to benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.
Tim Hicks, a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, and his wife, Jamie, who performed CPR to save his life, were honored as Faces of Heart survivors. Aubree Hardin, a two year-old congenital heart disease survivor, was also honored as a Face of Heart survivor.
Josie Wooten was awarded with the inaugural Novant Health F.A.S.T. Stroke Caregiver Award for her exemplary care of her husband, Scotty, after his second stroke.
The black-tie event, emceed by WXII’s Austin Caviness, included a silent auction, live auction, gourmet dinner and entertainment by Skate Rink Jukebox. Kirsten Royster, VP of Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute and Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health & Wellness, and Dr. Bruce Walley, senior VP of Medical Staff Services for Novant Health, co-chaired the Ball with the assistance of a team of local executives.
Novant Health was the Signature Sponsor; Premier Heart Sponsors included BB&T and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Womble Carlyle was the Ambassador of Hope Sponsor, and Belk was a Benefactor of Heart Sponsor.