A heartfelt gathering helps Hopkins Ciccarone Center


January 28, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Big shiny hearts -- red and purple Mylar balloons dancing in midair -- set the tone for "Heartfest 2001." More than 1,000 partygoers cruised Martin's West. They sampled the heart-healthy spreads laid out by 35 area restaurants and caterers and danced to the rock music of Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers -- a band made up of doctors and other health professionals.

The Super Bowl played a big part in the evening. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves, who has played or coached in a record nine Super Bowls, spoke about his history of heart disease. And then there were those two tickets to this year's game -- the night's hottest auction items -- that went for $6,200 to Joe Cowan, president and CEO of Cowan Systems.

Others enjoying the evening's festivities included Dr. Roger Blumenthal and Ed Speno, event chairs; Alan Zukerberg, Dr. Susan Weiss, Paula Post, Edie Bernier, Dr. Wendy Post Blumenthal and Reta Davis, event committee members; Drs. Lewis and Diane Becker, event honorees; Ron Peterson, Johns Hopkins Hospital president; David Pietramala, Johns Hopkins University head lacrosse coach; Dr. Athol Morgan, One Heart - The Cardiology Specialist CEO; Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Maryland superintendent of schools; John Rumberger, Lifetest Imaging national medical director; Marshall Prentice, Zion Baptist Church pastor; David Haglund, Internal Revenue Service attorney; Pam Polino, Merck & Co. health science associate; and Bruce Burns, Annapolis area insurance and investment adviser.

The shindig raised about $100,000 for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center's work in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

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