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HeartBright Foundation's annual Wine Auction and Soiree
November 330, 2007
HeartBright Foundation's annual Wine Auction and Soiree held Saturday, November 10, raised $207,000. The event presented by Hearst Service Center, Hendrick Automotive Group and Presbyterian Cardiovascular Institute and chaired by Tom and Claire Blocker and Chris and Kristen Little, surpassed its fundraising goal by over 60 percent.

John Duncan's Bonterra Restaurant in Charlotte provided the backdrop for the Soiree, emceed by local TV personality Terri Bennett.

Guests were treated to a sampling of wines courtesy of area distributors. Shrimp and Avocado Spring Rolls, Seared Scallops, Chicken Skewers, Bocconcini and Sundried Tomato Picks and Crudites Shots complemented the wines. Dinner included Azalea Salad, and a Petite Filet Mignon with Grilled Prawns. Port wine and chocolates were served as the guests put in their final bids for the silent auction.

Vintage wines, weekend get-aways, elegant diamond necklaces, Hannah Montana tickets, and many other items drew much attention as auctioneers Ashli Cohen and Tom Blocker accepted bids.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the HeartBright Foundation for educational programs and services for those at risk for cardiovascular disease.

"I am overwhelmed with the wonderful community support for HeartBright," said Claire Blocker, co-founder of HeartBright Foundation and survivor of a stroke, quadruple bypass surgery and diabetes. "This will help us reach so many people."

One of the initiatives of the HeartBright Foundation is the Cardiac Resource Center, serving the residents of Brookhill, Southside and Wilmore Park areas with a free wellness clinic, nutrition and fitness education, and New Beginnings Healthy Living classes.

The HeartBright Foundation has partnered with 20 area physicians along with 22 Pharmaceutical and Medical Device representatives from 13 industry leaders to eliminate existing gaps in preventive services with respect to cardiovascular disease.

"Everyone needs to know his or her risk for heart disease, be it genetic or lifestyle," Blocker stated. "It is the mission of the HeartBright Foundation to be an advocate for the person who is at risk for cardiovascular disease."

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