Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals Straight from the Hear

Beth and Dr. Steve Lamb with Anna Rostafinski
(Straight from the Heart)

Mary Ann and David Dombrowiak
(Straight from the Heart)

Ashley, Caitlin, Susen and Lauren Chadwick
(Straight from the Heart)

Becky and Victor Hall
(Straight from the Heart)

 Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals
Straight from the Heart

                    Straight from the Heart was a red-tie gala to benefit the heart centers at the West Side Cleveland Clinic hospitals: Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran. A popular West Side fundraiser, this year it drew a crowd of 525 supporters to LaCentre in Westlake. The cocktail hour was barely long enough to catch up with friends, let alone peruse the Chinese raffle, try the Sweetheart Dice Game or purchase a chance to win a chocolate diamond ring. The benefit committee always makes sure there are plenty of fun ways for patrons to spend their money!
    The signature element of the evening is the Straight from the Heart raffle, known for its 40 fabulous prizes, including a $100,000 grand prize. Guests literally queued up to buy the $100 tickets! Among the 39 other prizes was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, several interesting vacation packages, $10,000, $5,000, etc.
    Victor Hall, vice president of cardiac services for the western region market, has been the benefit chairperson for several years, and Monica Robins, senior health correspondent at WKYC-TV3, was the returning mistress of ceremonies. Music was provided by the Jerry Bruno Orchestra that never fails to keep the dance floor hopping!
    According to Linda Spencer, director of communications and marketing at the Community West Foundation, in addition to sponsorships totaling $125,000, Straight from the Heart reached its goal of making $200,000. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK


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