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Sarah French emcees Greater Charlotte Heart Ball with special guest Jenna Bush Hager

The Greater Charlotte Heart Ball was virtual this year raising more than $1.5 million.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2021 Greater Charlotte Heart Ball Digital Celebration held on January 30 raised more than $1.5 million.

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.  Nearly 1 in 3 adults in Mecklenburg County have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, enough to fill Bank of America Stadium over four times.

The event this year was led by 2021 Heart Ball Chair Anne Madden, SVP and General Counsel of Honeywell and the digital program featured all the favorite elements of the traditional in-person event including impactful mission moments, a silent and live auction, an Open Your Heart survivor story, and a special guest appearance by Jenna Bush Hager, Best-Selling Author, Co-Host, NBC's TODAY.

The money raised will help fund vitally needed cardiovascular research, especially relevant during COVID-19, ongoing community education and outreach as well as advocacy efforts for improving health outcomes.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The American Heart Association funds more cardiovascular research grants than anyone globally, except for the federal government. 

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States.