Night of Heart's Delight Gala Announced Benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA)

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Northern California group announces gala to benefit the AHA (American Heart Association) (http://www.americanheart.org). The Night of Heart's Delight Gala is an intimate event that brings together the valleys most prominent leaders. Executive Chairman, Boots Del Biaggio, III, Dinner Chair Marie LoPresto host this special evening at the home of Boots Del Biaggio on Saturday June 2, 2007.

When I moved to Northern California I really was working hard at adjusting to a life that was so different from my native New York. But when I got involved with charity work, it gave me the opportunity to not only meet some new people, but really invest my time in something that I believe makes a big change in the world.

Formerly known as the Heart's Delight Monopoly Night, the Night of Heart's delight Gala is an intimate event that brings together the valleys most prominent leaders. Executive Chairman, Boots Del Biaggio, III, Dinner Chair Marie LoPresto host this special evening at the home of Boots Del Biaggio on Saturday June 2, 2007.

Jeffrey N. Zisselman is on the executive committee that helped to put this philanthropic event together. "When I moved to Northern California I really was working hard at adjusting to a life that was so different from my native New York. But when I got involved with charity work, it gave me the opportunity to not only meet some new people, but really invest my time in something that I believe makes a big change in the world."

Zisselman is the President and CEO of Thornhill Financial Corporation, a local Santa Clara wealth advisory firm that assists affluent clients in income tax and advanced estate planning issues. "My worklife can be very demanding at times and when the opportunity came around to work with the Night of Heart's Gala to benefit the AHA, I jumped at the chance."

Until this point the audience who has attended and supported this event since 1997 has been mostly comprised of those in the real estate sector including developers, builders and land owners. But this year the benefit expects to have some new industries join in. The event is a celebration of the tremendous support the Northern California community lends to the mission of the American Heart Association and the work being done to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and stroke on the Silicon Valley Community.

The evening's agenda consists of guests being treated with a champagne reception and wine tasting in a beautiful setting overlooking the Valley. Delectable food and sumptuous desserts will be enjoyed by all. The evenings festivities will include a limited silent auction and a live auction featuring a new distinct and unique items not to be missed as well as an opportunity to make a personal gift in support of youth education initiatives in Santa Clara County. Following the auction, the exclusive audience of 200 will enjoy a private performance by Grammy Award winning vocal artist and songwriter, Seal.

Past supporters include Bill and Linda Baron, Boccardo Corporation, The Brandenburg Family Foundation, Comerica Bank-California, DEVCON Constuction, Divco West Properties, Fry's Electronics, The Graham Family, Greenberg & Traurig LLP, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Hopkins and Carley, The Hudson Companies, Kirkorian Enterprises LLC, McLarney Construction, Mission West Properties, Petrinovich Pugh & Company, Preston Pipelines, Ina & Garrett Rajkovich, ROEM Corporoation, Sand Hill Capital, San Jose Magazine, San Jose Water Company, Saratoga Plumbing Supply, Gary & Laura Schoennauer, Carolyn & Ray A. Silva, Sobrato Development Companies, Bev & Rudy Staedler, Mary & Gary Thornhill, Geraldyne Witkin. To join this exclusive list, sponsorships are available at levels ranging from $100,000 - $5,000.00.

Since this event began as the Heart's Delight Monopoly Night in 1997 it has raised over $2.3 million in support of life-saving research and educational programs fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The following are just a few advancements in heart disease and stroke that have been made in the past ten years:

  • The FDA approved the first implantable artificial heart
  • A procedure was developed to repair serious heart defects on a baby while it is still in the womb
  • Automated External Defibrillators are now required in all federal buildings and on airplanes
  • Smoking is banned in workplaces, including restaurants, in cities and states across the country

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Their website is: http://www.americanheart.org.

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