The 2010 Heart Ball Phoenix Will Help to Build a Children’s Museum

The 2010 Heart Ball Phoenix gets underway this Saturday evening, Nov. 20, for its 51st year. Proceeds from this year’s ball will go toward building the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, the nation’s first and only cardiovascular museum created especially for kids.

A black tie and ball gown affair, the 2010 Heart Ball will be held at The Phoenician, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, and then dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by Peter Duchin and The Peter Duchin Orchestra.

The focus of this year’s ball is the childhood obesity epidemic. More and more children affected by childhood obesity are suffering from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes; if this terrible trend continues to worsen, it could one day mean the first generation in American history in which children have shorter life expectancies than their parents.

In the past 50 years, the Heart Ball has raised more than $26 million to go to lifesaving programs in the Valley, such as CPR training, education and research grants to leading institutions such as Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic and the University of Arizona.

This year, funds raised will support the research and education programs of the American Heart Association benefiting Arizonans, as well as help make the Halle Heart Children’s Museum a reality. The museum will be the first and only one of its kind in the country, a cardiovascular museum created especially for kids where they can learn more about healthy eating habits, exercise, the circulatory system, the benefits of living tobacco-free, and more.

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