The weather couldn’t have been more ideal on Monday, October 17, for the 2023 Sweetheart Ball tea. Taking place at Ola Fojtasek‘s Volk Estate home, the decision was made to hold the presentation by UT Southwestern’s heart disease specialists in the home because of the upper 60-degree temperature chilling with brisk breezes made the outside terrace not so user friendly.
On a table in the living room Lynne Shelton had displayed a scrapbook of clips from the past 41 years of the organization’s raising funds to battle heart disease.
Despite all the construction vehicles lining the road for neighboring mansion constructions, Ola’s entry hall and adjacent living room were filled with the likes of Pat McEvoy, Rusty Duvall, Deborah Gunter, Nancy Dedman, Vicki Chapman, Sara Stroud, Annette Simmons, Elizabeth Fronterhouse, Tucker Enthoven, Janie Condon, Marilyn Augur and daughter Margaret Hancock and Alinda Wykert.
For Ola it was a poignant occasion. In the past months her family had suffered two sudden losses resulting from heart disease.
While new member Claire Emanuelson could make the tea due to travel commitments, fellow newbies Diane Byrd, Lori Jones and Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt were formally welcomed to the guests by 2023 Sweetheart Ball Chair Amy Prestidge in the den where the presentation would take place.
Amy then reported that the Sweetheart Ball patron party would be at Kelli and Jerry Ford‘s estate with the ball taking take place on Saturday, April 28, at Brook Hollow benefiting UT Southwestern’s advancements in treating heart disease.
Amy then turned the program over to UT Southwestern’s Dr. Dan Podolsky, who along with Drs. Joseph Hill, Darren McGuire, John Warner and Thomas Wang, updated the guests on the developments and future focus in heart disease research and treatment.
For more looks of some of the people in the battle to conquer heart disease, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.