BANGOR, Maine — The American Heart Association in Maine will hold its 13th annual Northeastern Maine Heart Ball 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, April 14, at the Bangor Auditorium. The theme for this year’s event is “Hope For Your Heart,” a WWII USO theme.
“This year’s event will include a World War II camp show that will be a night back in time hosted by a Bob Hope impersonator direct from Las Vegas,” said event coordinator Gina De Santis. “Guests will enjoy live entertainment including professional ballroom dancers, a world-class magician and music by Sentimental Journey, a 19-piece swing band.” The evening also will include a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions featuring more than 200 items, and dinner. Guests are asked to dress in their 1940s best, G.I. uniforms or cocktail attire.
WVII 7 news anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio will serve as emcees. David Eugley, a local man who survived a stroke at age 21, will be the featured guest speaker. His sister, Rachel, will conduct the Open Your Heart live appeal for donations after his speech. Ric Tyler, morning host of the George Hale/Ric Tyler show on WMOM FM radio, will conduct the live auction.
Ralph Leonard of Stillwater will receive the 2012 Crystal Heart Award for his contributions to the Northeastern Maine community. Leonard is a member of the Old Town Rotary; Advisory Council on Family Business, Husson College; United Methodist Church, lay representative to the New England Council; Eastern Maine Healthcare trustee; Acadia Hospital founding chairman of the board; past president of the Katahdin Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; and past president of the Old Town-Orono YMCA.
The goal of the Heart Ball is to raise $152,000 to support the heart association’s research, education and advocacy programs. Last year the event drew 330 people and raised $113,000.
Limited space is remaining for corporate sponsorships, which include a table for eight guests along with marketing benefits. Individual tickets are available for $125 each and may be purchased online at heart.org/northeasternmaineheartball.