Cape Gazette

Southern Delaware Heart Ball held in Dover

Apr 01, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

The 28th Annual Southern Delaware Heart Ball was held at Dover Downs Ballroom March 22 with a theme of “Start Spreadin’ the News.” This fundraiser has helped advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the southern Delaware area.

Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts. The event featured hundreds of silent auction items along with some valuable live auction items, dinner, dancing, survivor testimonials and the presentation of the Paul Mylander Award.

Shown entering the event are (l-r) Pat and Paul Mylander and Sherry Michalik and Beebe Healthcare President and CEO and Heart Ball Chair Jeffery Fried. Mylander is also the the chairman of the Beebe Medical Foundation.


Ready for a night of celebration are (l-r) Brian and Carrie Gottschalk, Kelly Sylvester and Howard Bunting. Sylvester is a board member of the Heart Ball Board of Directors. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Lauri and Chris Weeks take a moment for a photo at the ball. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Representing Heart Ball sponsor Fulton Bank are (l-r) Katie Wilkinson, Richie Francia and Kim Daino. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Enjoying the lively social atmosphere at the ball are (l-r) Larry Burgee, Go Red for Women event Chair Patricia Sandy, Michael Roussell, and Go Red for Women volunteer Kay Burgee. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Smiling during cocktail hour are (l-r) Jay and Betsy Reamer and Mary and Wes Perkins. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Volunteers selling raffle tickets are (l-r) Miss Sussex County Amanda Lynn, Miss Coastal Bay Charity Cramer and Miss Delaware 2013 Rebeca Jackson. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Sponsors from SecureNet MD (l-r) Cameron Fitzgerald and Casey Bradham socialize with Clay and Rebecca Serman. Clay Serman is representing sponsor County Bank. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Scott and Jennifer Swingle enjoy the ball just prior to dinner. Scott Swingle is representing sponsor WSFS Bank. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Paul Mylander presents the Paul Mylander Award to Patricia Sandy for her service and support to the Southern Delaware American Heart Association. Sandy has dedicated countless hours to raising funds to battle heart disease after losing her son to a massive heart attack. She is the chairwoman of Go Red for Women, an active member of the Southern Delaware American Heart Association Heart Ball, treasurer of the Beebe Healthcare Auxiliary and was chosen as one of the Delmarvalous Women 2013. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Identical twins Pat Olekszyk, left, and Micki Gaffney talk about life as trailblazers pediatric cardiology. Micki was the first child to undergo open heart surgery at the age of 5 in 1959. They have dedicated countless hours to the American Heart Association, known as the Heart Fund. Research into the treatment of congenital heart disease has resulted in enormous advancements, in part due to research grants awarded yearly for decades by the American Heart Association. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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