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Heart Beat Ball: Great fun for a great cause

By Lisa Scott
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon The third annual Heart Beat Ball will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5:30–10 p.m. This year’s ball features a new location, a hearty new menu, and musical entertainment all evening.

Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon
The third annual Heart Beat Ball will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5:30–10 p.m. This year’s ball features a new location, a hearty new menu, and musical entertainment all evening.

The third annual Heart Beat Ball will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5:30–10  p.m.

This redesigned event features a new location, a hearty new menu, and musical entertainment all evening, including a fabulous dance band.

This dressy affair and fund-raiser is hosted by the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the new Women’s Health Program at Pagosa Springs Medical Center that is scheduled to open this summer.

Musical opener will be Tim Sullivan, award-winning singer/songwriter, on acoustic guitar. Then Bob Hemenger, prominent local saxophonist, will perform.

Dance band

Vanilla Pop will take the stage at 8 p.m. for dancing and entertainment.

“The coolest, hippest, most swingin-est band around,” according to the Santa Fe Reporter, Vanilla Pop is an exciting and diverse performance-oriented show, that can cover a variety of music from ’40s standards, disco hits, ’80s classics and TV themes. They have been chosen as one of the top bands in New Mexico for corporate events and weddings.

Local volunteer Tari Woods, also the event founder, and Tracey Kirschstein, owner of La Bella Boutique, have been working tirelessly on the silent auction. More than 30 businesses and organizations have provided merchandise that includes gift certificates, gift baskets, jewelry, an airline voucher, artwork, and a two-night stay at The Ecolux at The Springs Resort. There is something for everyone!

The Women’s Health Program is a new endeavor scheduled to be added to the services of the Pagosa Springs Medical Center. The program will include a digital mammography machine, specialists in breast surgery and reconstruction, specially renovated recovery and treatment space, and free screening services for low-income patients. Fund-raising is underway for this initiative, led by the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation, and more will be revealed at the Heart Beat Ball event.

Event corporate sponsors include Corazon Level: Subaru and Morehart Murphy; Ticker Level: The Payroll Department, Scott Strategic Investment and Bank of the San Juans; Cardio Level: Nunn Construction, J. Allen Baird, Quality Resort, The Springs Resort and Spa, and Bank of Colorado; and Clock Level: InsMed Insurance Agency, Durango Orthopedics and First Southwest Bank.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at drmaryfoundation.org, at any local bank, and at the door.

Come join the fun and donate to a great cause.

This story was posted on February 21, 2013.