Mercy Hot Springs Presents Heart Ball

January 16, 2014

HOT SPRINGS  – Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Hot Springs Heart Ball.

The ball will be held on February 15, 2014 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at or by calling 870-703-9502.

The Hot Springs Heart Ball is the area’s premier social event. Attendees at this black-tie optional event enjoy an elegant evening that includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. In 2013, the Hot Springs Heart Ball raised more than $100,000 and had more than 550 attendees.

“Heart disease knows no boundaries. That is why Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is committed to lead the way in heart health and treatment,” said Kim Day, Interim President of Mercy Hot Springs. “Our commitment to heart health in this community goes back more than 125 years. We’re excited to work alongside the American Heart Association again this year.”

Dr. Lance and Dee Ann Porter are the co-chairs for the 2014 Hot Springs Heart Ball.

“I think Hot Springs is really considered the gold standard on raising money for this organization. We can’t thank Mercy Hospital enough for being the presenting sponsor,” Dr. Porter said.

The American Heart Association is the oldest and largest national nonprofit, voluntary health organization in the world. It is dedicated to reducing premature disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Since 1949, the AHA has funded more than 3.5 billion dollars in cardiovascular research in the United States. This funding supports more than two Arkansas institutes and more than 150 nationwide. AHA funded research has yielded such discoveries as CPR, bypass surgery, pacemakers, artificial heart valves, microsurgery, numerous lifesaving drugs, and new surgical techniques to help repair heart defects.

Monies raised in Arkansas currently fund seven highly meritorious cardiovascular research projects for a total commitment of $760,000.

The heart ball will feature the “Have a HeART for Art” student art contest and the presentation of the AHA Sweethearts. 

“The theme for this year is ‘Who Will You Give For’ and we hope you think about that when you put that date on your calendar. Who you give for may be yourself. It may be a family member. It may be a friend,” Dr. Porter said. “We are excited to be a part of it, benefiting others through the American Heart Association.”

Learn more about The Porters and the 2014 Hot Springs Heart Ball at

For more than 125 years, Mercy in Hot Springs has served the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is a 282 bed full-service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, providing an emergency department with a Level 2 Trauma Center designation and a comprehensive range of medical services.

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