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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from May 07, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


by Dr. Adele Zorn

Cirque du Soleil characters with M.C. at Cocktail Reception

Silent Auction table

Dr. Adele Zorn at Silent Auction table

The 24th annual Heart Ball at Mandalay Bay’s South Seas Ballroom recognized John O’ Reilly of the O’Reilly Law Group as the Heart Ball Honoree. This is the premier social event in recognition of American Heart Association’s mission-related activities in Las Vegas. The Heart Ball focus this year was The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens initiative. This educational program is designed to improve children’s nutritional choices and diets as an important part of improved cardiovascular health.

Silent Auction table

Cirque Du Soleil Performing

Cirque du Soleil Performers

The event started with a Cocktail Reception where lavishly dressed guests enjoyed libations and a Silent Auction. During the cocktail reception Cirque du Soleil performers circulated among the guests in their extraordinary outfits and characterizations. Later as part of the evening’s entertainment, there was spectacular entertainment by Cirque Du Soleil with special performances from Michael Jackson ONE and Mystere. Guests also enjoyed great music and dancing as part of the evening’s entertainment.

The program Emcee was Christopher Axelrod, well known for his talent and wit. He is a genuine “bovivant” who designs his own vast collection of custom jackets in an array of themes and styles. His jacket wardrobe is the largest in the nation and the audience enjoyed them as he changed into many of his colorful and unique jackets. The program began with a video of a congratulatory message to the Heart Association from Nancy Pelosi.

Nancy Houssel with Heart Ball Honoree, John O’ Reilly

Honoree John O’ Reilly and Dr. Adele Zorn

Honoree John O’ Reilly and guest

Christopher introduced the 2014 Heart Ball HonoreeJohn O’ Reilly. John O’ Reilly has an outstanding resume that would fill an entire page and this makes Las Vegas so proud of him. He spoke eloquently about the Heart Association and about the merits of Las Vegas. John said Las Vegas has changed the world’s entertainment, and the future can change Las Vegas to be known in Health Care and Medicine. He introduced a wonderful singer/guitarist who sang many songs with the word “Heart” in them while the audience chimed in. Amazing how many there are. Think about it!

Miss Nevada

Singer/Guitarist singing songs with the word "Heart" in it

Guests - Don Snyder and Mrs. Snyder

The program had a special speaker Civia McCaffrey, mother of Maddox McCaffrey who spoke about how her son’s life was saved by the Heart Association.

A live auction withoutstanding auctionitems brought in a substantial amount of money that created much needed revenue for the continuance of the work of the AMERICAN HEART ASSSOCIATION.

Judge Cynthia Giuliani, Former First Lady Dawn Gibbons and Dr. Adele Zorn



Guests enjoyed a dinner that was different this year. Although previous Heart Ball dinners were served, this year the focus on a heart-healthy dining menu was a Small Plate Dinner where guests were treated to different serving tables that had small plates. The small plates consisted of:

Mini Smoked Salmon “Club”- Burrata and Roasted Tomatoes in Mini Mason Jars with Basil Pesto and Ciabatta Sticks – Chopped Greek Salad Shooter with Oregano Dressing – Hummus Toast with Spring Vegetables and Balsamic Glaze – Watermelon Cubes with Laura Chanel Goat Cheese – Candied Wasabi Lemon Zest and EVOO – Tuna Sashimi Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing – Short Rib Arancini with Roasted Tomato and Basil Sauce – Teriyaki Glazed Corvina Sea Bass with Charred Green Onions and Peppers and Buttered Biscuit and Yankee Pot Roast Casserole.

At a dessert table, Chef Christophe served a Family VIP Plated Dessert of Red Velvet Cupcakes, Raspberry and Coconut Parfait, Yogurt Macaroons, Banana and Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate and Cherry Tart and Hazelnut and Pineapple Skewer.

While this sounds like a very large amount of food for each person they were all in small plates, so all the dishes could be enjoyed. What was not very heart friendly, but fun and enjoyed by all was a Candy Bar and Cotton Candy Station. A surprise gift bag was given to guests as they departed.

Sally Dewhurst and husband



Fun, frolic and seriousness were all part of the evening’s event.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters who work tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were considered to be doomed to complete bed rest – or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, eventually leading to the founding of the American Heart Association in 1924.

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