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Saving little Hearts

It’s the time of year when hearts are in the spotlight. And the Heart Ball, which lies at the true heart of the matter, will be held this year on Saturday, February 19 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

Co-chair of the organization committee Portia Nottage said that this year will be huge.

“This is not only a historic year that we are celebrating in our 47th ball but also it is the 50th year for the establishment of the Heart Foundation itself. So this year will indeed be among the biggest, if not the best yet. You can expect to be dazzled and charmed. So you really don’t want to miss this.”

Coretta Owen, the second co-chair, encouraged people to come out to the event because it will be a phenomenal experience you will not want to pass up.

“The event will be amazing and nothing short of it,”she said.”Entertainment will be by the phenomenal Ed Brice Dinner Orchestra and the local sensations, the Soulful Groovers. Even our theme for the decorations is fabulous. It is’A Garden of Love.’We know people will just adore it. There will be a flood of colors and decorations in beautiful shades like blood red, ruby, burgundy, golds. It will be gorgeous. There will be a lovely garden gazebo over the dance floor and you really will feel like you’re outside dancing under the roses. It will be magical. Just lovely.”

While you dance the night away remember that your enjoyment is for a worthy cause. This ball is the major fundraiser for the Sir Victor Sassoon(Bahamas)Heart Foundation, and its members hope to raise at least$250,000. The sum is usually only enough to cover one operation, depending on the procedure needed, according to the co-chairs, but it still goes a long way.

“Our focus is to assist under-privileged children with heart defects,”said Nottage.”There are more children born with problems or who develop problems than people can imagine. The numbers aren’t great compared to other illnesses but for those who have to deal with it, it is an expensive and frightening experience. These type of operations don’t happen cheaply so it really helps when people can get the help they need without straining too much on their own. We’ve seen many occasions when an operation was desperately needed and help came too late, resulting in the death of a child. This shouldn’t have to happen but it does. And we are aiming to do more by encouraging the public to be more aware and active in assisting us.”

Owen said that knowing how much good the funds raised will do makes her extremely excited. She feels that this ball will be better than ever and people can expect a sensational evening from start to finish.

“We really plan to wow people this year with our giveaways, music and the food. You will not want to leave and it will be a well spent night. We are really excited and hope to see many people coming out to have a truly wonderful time.”

So don’t hesitate to come out to this post-Valentine’s Day gala to truly enjoy yourself for a cause. This will be an event that you will enjoy dancing the night away to.

Ruth Leary, 45, said that she attends this event every year and anticipates that it will not disappoint.

“It’s been almost 20 years that I have been going to this event and it has never fallen short of being fabulous, so I don’t see why it would start now,”she said.”I always dance all night and it is just a blast. My girlfriends usually attend too and we just enjoy ourselves. It is just amazing.”

When: Saturday, February 19

Where: Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach

Time: 7:15 p.m. with Cocktails. Dinner is 8:30 p.m.

Cost:$250-general,$2,500 for a table of 10;$4,000-platinum

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