Monday, June 26th, 2017

Straight from the Heart


John and Rene Wroblewski with Mary Ann
and David Dombrowiak (Straight from the Heart)


Nora and Fred DeGrandis with Jessica and Brian Dessoffy (Straight from the Heart)

Becky and Victor Hall (Straight from the Heart)

Joe Cronauer, Janice Murphy and Brian Fowler
(Straight from the Heart)


Fairview, Lakewood and
Lutheran Hospital Heart Centers
“Straight from the Heart”




Straight from the Heart is the annual benefit for the heart centers at Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran hospitals. Now in its fifth year, the red-tie gala was held on Valentine’s Day with 350 supporters in attendance at LaCentre in Westlake.
This is a fundraiser with one of the consistently best raffles in town. Guests were buying up the $100 Straight from the Heart raffle tickets for a chance at 40 fabulous prizes. The grand prize was $100,000. Among the desirable offerings were weeklong trips for two to Hawaii and Cancun, seven-day cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, a $5,000 landscaping package, a two-year lease on a Lexus ES 350 and a five-day trip to California wine country. Bravo to returning event chair Victor Hall and the benefit committee. Mr. Hall is vice president of cardiac services for the three hospitals.
Brian and Joe, morning radio talk show hosts at WMVX 106.5, were emcees, and Monica Robins, senior health correspondent for WKYC-TV 3, was mistress of ceremonies. During the dinner program there were brief comments by David Dombrowiak, president and CEO of the Community West Foundation; Fred DeGrandis, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals; and Janice Murphy, president of Fairview Hospital. Dancing to the music of Shout capped off the evening.
Straight from the Heart raised $200,000. This year the funds are designated for the initiation of a new program: a mobile echo and vascular diagnostic service that will bring care directly to the patients of the West Side. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT MULLER


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