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15th annual Heart Ball set for Feb. 22: Heart disease survivor Thomas Brown to serve as event chairman

BANGOR — The American Heart Association in Maine will hold its 15th annual Northeastern Maine Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Heart Ball is the association’s major fundraising event in the Bangor area with a goal to raise $125,000 to support research, education and advocacy necessary to combat cardiovascular disease, Maine’s leading cause of death.

With a theme “Ignite,” more than  200 guests are expected to attend, many of whom are prominent leaders from the corporate, medical and social communities of Maine.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour intermingled with a silent auction. Guests will be entertained during dinner with a live auction, speakers and heart-warming stories.

Craig Colson, news director, WVII 7/Fox 22, and co-anchor Lindsey Mills will emcee the evening’s speaking program. The live auction will be hosted by WVOM FM’s Ric Tyler.

Justin Faloon of Old Town will share his personal story of survival as the evening’s Heart Hero. Faloon, 44, has suffered four heart attacks. He will share how his heart condition changed his perspective on life and how he is giving back through his work with the association.

The evening will conclude with dancing to Tony Boffa Music presents The Larry Williams Band.

Thomas M. Brown, of Eaton Peabody, will serve at the event chairman. Brown is a heart transplant recipient and will be honored with a Distinguished Service Honoree award at the event.

“I always appreciate an opportunity to talk about my history as a heart transplantee, about life with the new heart I received in 1989 and about the American Heart Association research and education program.  As a supreme beneficiary of the heart research and education program, I am pleased to be the chair of the 2014 Northeastern Maine Heart Ball. The ball is about keeping your family and your employees healthy and vigorous.”

The Heart Ball’s executive leadership team members are Kate Bielinski, BDN Maine; Amy Cummings; Ed Hennessey, Machias Savings Bank; Dr. George Jacobson; Tom Palmer, Partner-Lafayette Hotels; and Kassie Zeigler, St. Joseph Hospital. Lynne Churchill of Sargent Corporation is the event’s auction chairwoman.

Event sponsors aree Camden National Bank, Eaton Peabody, Hannaford Supermarkets, and Machias Savings Bank. The Heart Ball’s media sponsors are BDN Maine, 97.1 The Bear and WVII 7/Fox 22.

“Each one of us can ignite the spark to inspire others and unite our community to advocate, live healthy, and promote the American Heart Association’s mission,” said Brown. “Join me for an evening of celebration with food, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a chance to improve the heart health of those in our community.”

Limited space is remaining for corporate sponsorships which include seats at the event for guests and marketing benefits. Individual tickets also are available for $125 each and may be purchased at

Area businesses can show their support by donating an auction item. For information, call 879-5700 or email Carrie Fortino at

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