AHA's Heart Ball

The Greater Washington Region American Heart Association's Heart Ball, held at the Ritz Carlton of Tyson’s Corner, VA, included both a silent auction & a live auction with a great variety of unique items, which raised a total of $910,000 for the American Heart Association! What a great feat! The money will be used to support the AHA’s programs and initiatives as well as to research causes and cures of heart disease.

The evening included beautiful dresses and fine tuxedoes, philanthropists, television & radio personalities, media outlets, exceptional music, fabulous food, inspiring stories, volunteers, and AHA staff, all there for the cause.

As an intern for the AHA’s Communications & Marketing department, I shadowed Roxana, director of communications and marketing, throughout the evening. Roxana and I managed the media: reporters and photographers from newspapers like the Washington Post and from magazines such as The Hill, Capitol File Magazine, and Capitol Business.

The event was a hit and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get some real-life experience interacting with media and press at a large-scale event!

Juliana McKee


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