Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending one of the premier social events of the season benefitting The American Heart Association. The Heart Ball is an annual black-tie affair that brings together more than six hundred of the most prominent power players, physicians, philanthropists, and young philanthropists in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The event was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. and truly embodied an oriental theme featuring a Chinese calligrapher and a Chinese dance troop. Leading sponsors included KPMG and CGI, and featuring AnyBill as the Heart Ball presenting sponsor. The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring delicious sushi, an amazing auction including a week getaway in Tuscany, and a special tribute to two selected Heart Heroes and one Heroine: Dr. Allen J. Taylor (United States Army, Retired), Dr. Matthew Needleman (Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy), and Dr. Marina Vernalis (United States Army, Retired). Then, the sit-down dinner commenced and the compassion in the room for those suffering with heart disease was evident. Heart failure is all too common among both men and women all over the world, but specifically persons under a great amount of stress. Washingtonians…I am speaking to you! The American Heart Association helps to educate the public about common symptoms of heart failure, provides literature on prevention, and advocates for (state and federal issues) those suffering with heart disease or failure. To find out more about how to get involved with the American Heart Association, or to learn more about upcoming events click here.