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Lehigh Valley and Berks Heart Ball Celebrates Advancements in Heart Disease and Stroke

Two female community leaders to be honored for their commitment to heart disease and stroke as the Association nears its 100th birthday.

Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Amy Ahnert.

by American Heart Association

Plans are underway for the 2024 Lehigh Valley and Berks Heart Ball, a local celebration of a century of profound impact on heart health and well-being. The new year marks the 100th birthday of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health. The Lehigh Valley and Berks Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support this year-round effort aimed at investing in, saving, and improving lives in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County area.

“This relentless pursuit will continue until heart disease and stroke are the stories of our past and not of our future. A world with equitable health and well-being fuels a future that is yours to create,” said Justin Keiper, Board Chairman. “We know we can’t do this work alone. Volunteers, donors, and advocates are key to accelerating this lifesaving work.”

Valerie Lewis.

Throughout the evening, the Association will honor two female leaders in the community, Dr. Amy Ahnert and Valerie Lewis. The Heart of Gold award is given to individuals who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the American Heart Association mission and have the utmost desire to better our community by working with people, passion, and education. Both women have been supporters of the American Heart Association mission for several years and have been active volunteers of the organization and members of the Lehigh Valley and Berks Board of Directors. In addition, the night will feature an inspiring survivor story from Alison Conklin, crown our Leaders of Impact campaign winner, Rocco Zegalia, and entertain guests with dinner, music from The Wonton Soups, and an exciting auction. Returning co-emcees Melanie Falcon and Jim Vaughn, anchors at 69 News (WFMZ-TV), will lead the night by kicking off our program before the celebration begins.

The Lehigh Valley and Berks Heart Ball is sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), CHOP, Air Products, and many other local businesses and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at The Americus. Black and white attire is encouraged as this year’s theme is a black and white affair that will take us back in history to explore the scientific and medical advances in heart and stroke. The campaign is specifically focused on tackling to ensure more neighbors have the chance to live a full and healthy life. For more information on how to support or attend the Lehigh Valley and Berks Heart Ball, visit or contact [email protected]. Follow us on social media @AHAPennsylvania on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health, and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 – our Centennial year – we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact, our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook, X, or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

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