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February 14, 2008 - “Valentine’s at Versailles” - 53rd annual Palm Beach Heart Ball

Where: The Breakers, Palm Beach

When: February 14, 2008

Beneficiary: American Heart Association

Gala Chairperson(s): Mrs. Kathryn C. Vecellio

Honorary Chairperson(s): Grand Honorary Chairman of the 53rd annual Palm Beach Heart Ball was Patrick M. Park. Honorary Chairman was Sydell L. Miller.

Committee Members: Kathryn C. Vecellio, Diana Ecclestone, Lynda Foster, Heather Ross, Lore Smith, Sandra Krakoff, Nancy Raquet, Lori Gendelman, Sharon O’Neil, Julie Rudolph, Andrea Stark, Anne Moran, Joyce Vaughn, Etonella Christlieb, Marianne Gold, Clare O’Keeffe, Monika Preston, Linda Salandra Dweck, Mary A. Fairbanks, Frances Fisher, Trudy Brekus, Arlette Gordon, Laurie Silvers, Ruth and Raymond G. Perlman, Margie Allinson, Lexye Aversa, JoAnna M. Ballarini, Carolyn Broadhead, Lynn Ciklin, Lori Corrigan, Angela Culveyhouse, Randie Dalia., Angela DeFina, Pamela DeFina, Pam Dupuis, Caroline Koons Forrest, Barbara Gilbert, Leslie Ginn, Cheryl Gowdy, Suzi Goldsmith, Judith M. Grubman, Carole Hepburn, Cynthia Kasper, BJ Kemp, Jessica Marulli, Marietta McNulty, Paula Michel, Samantha Orleans, Phyllis Reid, Irene Casey Ritzenthaler, Laura Sherman, Alice Tarone and Mary Frances Turner.

Sponsors: Platinum Grand Benefactors – Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. De George, Mr. Patrick M. Park and Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.; Platinum Grand Corporate Benefactors – Cleveland Clinic and Van Cleef & Arpels; Gold Grand Benefactors – Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Frankino and Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Tomsich; Gold Grand Corporate Benefactor – U.S. Trust Bank of America; Silver Grand Benefactors – the late Mr. Leo N. Albert, Mr. and Mrs.A. Edward Allinson, Mr. and Mrs. David Chase, Mr. Christopher Cline, Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeVos, Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Kessler, Mrs. Sydell L. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Perelman, Mr. and Mrs. John Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Raquet, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Schott, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rubenstein and Mr. Robert N. Wildrick; Silver Grand Corporate Benefactors – BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Braman Motorcars, Frank Crystal & Company, Private Client Group at National City, Rybovich and United Bankshares, Inc.; Entertainment Underwriter – Mr. Thomas C. Quick; Pre-event Hosts – Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Jordan along with Neiman Marcus of Palm Beach, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Patterson and Van Cleef & Arpels at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Llwyd Ecclestone; Media Sponsor – Palm Beach Illustrated.

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Helmut Huber & Susan Lucci
Helmut Huber & Susan Lucci

“Valentine’s at Versailles”
 53rd annual Palm Beach Heart Ball celebrates the memory of an era
 all in the name of charity
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2008 – The heartfelt sense of enthusiasm, passion and commitment to making a difference spread contagiously amongst guests at the time-honored Palm Beach Heart Ball on Thursday, Feb. 14. More than 650 prestigious supporters from “old guard” patrons to political figures and celebrities lent their support to the American Heart Association and its lifesaving mission. Under the distinctive leadership of Chairman Mrs. Kathryn C. Vecellio, who has dedicated more than 35 years of service to her community and philanthropic events, this year’s Palm Beach Heart Ball, “Valentines at Versailles,” achieved unprecedented success, standing as the most financially successful gala in the event’s 53 year history. Through the generous support of Benefactors, Patrons and numerous contributors, the 53rd annual Palm Beach Heart Ball raised more than $2 million (net) to fund heart and stroke research, education and community programs.
            The romantic Valentine’s Day theme transported guests to the enchanting Gardens of Versailles and the opulent Hall of Mirrors where amidst beautiful ambiance they celebrated the memory of an era.
            The picture-perfect evening began with a lavish cocktail hour in The Breakers’ Venetian Ballroom overlooking the pristine coastal waters. Butler passed hors d’oeuvres included seared tuna salad nicoise, crepe beggars purse with caviar, and a crab and corn beignet with corn remoulaude.
            Upon arrival into the Ponce de Leon Ballroom for a gourmet multi-course meal, a 240 page Palm Beach Heart Ball souvenir journal greeted guests. The journal, a staple of the Palm Beach Heart Ball, includes well wishes and congratulations to Mrs. Vecellio, photos and listings of leading sponsors and advertisement from supporting businesses.
            Mrs. Vecellio extended a warm-hearted welcome to everyone, recognizing the Heart Ball sponsors, her 2008 Palm Beach Heart Ball committee members and spoke of the financial success to which they contributed.
            She said, “All of the groups of individuals who have generously supported this year’s event are listed throughout the program book. There are so many here tonight. Please, please look at your program book so you can truly appreciate the overflowing show of support that has been given to “Valentines at Versailles.”
In the weeks leading up to the Palm Beach Heart Ball and throughout the course of the cocktail hour, guests purchased “chance to win” tickets in hopes to be the lucky recipient of one of four extraordinary featured items. Highlighted items included a Van Cleef & Arpels Lotus ring in 18-karat yellow gold, Anna Weatherley exquisite hand-painted China and serving pieces for six donated by Mary Mahoney and a fabulous basket of French luxury beauty products, compliments of Sisley Cosmetics. The featured travel package included Broadway tickets for two, dinner for two and a one-night stay at the Intercontinental The Barclay New York plus two AirtranAirways tickets donated by Hollywood Media Corp. and Airtran Airways.
 For further information about the American Heart Association, call 561-615-3888.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year.  In fiscal year 2006–07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

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