SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - More than 300 community minded donors convened last week for the Santa Barbara Heart Beach Ball, an annual fundraiser hosted by the American Heart Association. Held at Bacara Resort & Spa, the annual event, chaired by Sarah Jaimes of Cox Media, raised $170,000 to fund critical research and help fight cardiovascular disease and strokes. A portion of the funds from the Santa Barbara Heart Beach Ball will also support the “Healthy Futures” program, which provides nutrition and health education in after-school programs throughout the city.
According to Jaimes, each year the Santa Barbara Heart Beach Ball brings together influential leaders from corporate, philanthropic and medical communities to raise funds and promote the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. At the event Jaimes welcomed guests and recognized the importance that the American Heart Association’s mission has played in her own life.
“I am proud to serve as the chair of this important event, which celebrates the critical accomplishments and partnerships of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. I am deeply invested in the mission of the American Heart Association and their work has had a profound personal effect on me,” said Sarah Jaimes.
The evening’s festivities included dinner, entertainment by DJ Darla Bea, dancing and a silent auction showcasing an array of items – from a $4,000 golf package at the famous Augusta National Golf Club to overnight stays along the coast at Kimpton Hotels.
The special guest speakers were the Skelton family. They told the heart-wrenching story of baby Charlie who was born with half a heart. Eleven-year old, Makayla Skelton, recounted her sister Charlie’s early battle with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, “She has a love for live that even I cannot explain; her smile can light up the darkest of nights, and radiate beauty in a time of sadness. She makes me try harder every day, to strive for greatness, for at just 1 day old, Charlie had to fight to live, and I to will fight with her, and other children fighting congenital heart defects, for together I truly believe we can find a cure and give these children like Charlie a bright future.”
The Heart Ball is one of the premier American Heart Association fundraising events both locally and across the nation. Since 1915 the American Heart Association has reached millions and stood by our mission of “Building Healthier Lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”