Why not Party with a Purpose?

On Saturday, the 22nd annual Sweetheart Gala with again take on the challenge of helping to banish heart disease

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 2,200 Americans each day, according to the American Heart Association, making it the leading cause of death in Iowa and around the globe.

By the year 2030, if there is no research or intervention, the number of lives it will claim annually is expected to rise to 23.6 million.

With these statistics, it is imperative that heart disease research continue.

Webster County has a track record of digging in to make a that research possible. Its local component of the American Heart Association has repeatedly stepped up to embrace the mission before it.

That mission is this: Raise the money needed to fund the research.

This year’s is the 22nd annual Sweetheart Gala, a fundraising event undertaken by Webster County supporters of American Heart Association.

The Gala — “Party with a Purpose” — will be held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets, which include dinner, entertainment, and an all-night dessert buffet, are $50 each. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner and a short program are at 6:45 p.m., and a live auction begins around 7:30 p.m. Entertainment by DJ Dean Vinchattle begins shortly thereafter.

There will also be a silent auction that will employ mobile bidding. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

Mobile bidding uses cell phones, though if someone is uncomfortable using their personal cell phone to place bids, there will be Bid Buddies at the Gala with iPads who can assist in the bidding process.

“My passion and involvement with the American Heart Association is driven by my personal connection to cardiovascular health,” Abigail Johnson, Gala committee chair, has said.

In addition to Abigail Johnson, other committee members include Holly Aljets, Regina Barber, Shari Burke, Linda Donner, Melissa Hanson, Casey Johnson, Deb Johnson, Darcy Lee, Barb Michaels, Andrea Oswald and Amy Palmer.

The chance for a festive evening should have wide appeal. That’s an excellent reason to attend, but the Gala’s very serious purpose — furthering the fight against cardiovascular disease — can’t be ignored.

“When it comes to heart health it almost affects everyone, and the American Heart Association works hard to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease,” Abigail Johnson has said before. “It is a really fun time, celebrating a wonderful cause and you will not want to miss it.”

The Messenger strongly agrees.

If you can’t be present at the Gala, financial donations to the American Heart Association are always welcome. This worthy undertaking deserves strong community support.