Stroking checks to help leave strokes behind

A “Florida Affair: Citrus Groves and Salt Water Coves,” was the theme for the 2017 Heart & Stroke Ball, held March 4 at the Sawgrass Marriott. The 59th annual ball brings together two organizations – the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association – which will benefit from the support given by guests, sponsors and donors.

Chair for the event was Gary Norcross, president and CEO of the event’s legacy sponsor, FIS, headquartered in Riverside. Norcross is also a board member for the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Impact School.

Honorary chairs were Florida Blue’s Pat Geraghty and his wife, Inger, who will serve as chairs for the 2018 ball.

The event, which included a silent auction, as well as a live auction conducted by Senator Aaron Bean, raised over $650,000 toward the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

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