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  • Stark County Scene: The Beat Goes on Heart Ball raises money for research

  • In addition to raising money for research and programming for the association, the heart ball recognized three area doctors for their commitment to improving the health of Stark County residents

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  • “Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, la de da de da...”
    Or so it did Feb. 23 at the Alex D. Krasas Event Center when the American Heart Association raised $220,000 during its The Beat Goes On Heart Ball. Nearly $25,000 of it was raised during the live auction.
    A big ticket item was the Strand of Hope necklace modeled that night by Darlene Schuring. Gasser Fine Jewelers designed the 14-karat yellow gold, 38-inch multi-stone and pearl necklace with green amethyst, citrine, lemon quarts and 101⁄2 millimeter freshwater pearls, which went for $3,000.
    In addition to raising money for research and programming for the association, the ball recognized three area doctors for their commitment to improving the health of Stark County residents — Drs. Seth W. Brown, Affinity Medical Center; Akbar Shah, Aultman Hospital; and William S. Pipoly, Mercy Medical Center.
    Brown is retired, but over the years has held leadership positions with numerous organizations, including the Stark County American Heart Association, the Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology and Doctor’s Hospital (now Affinity).
    Shah is affiliated with Cardiovascular Consultants and is executive medical director of cardiology at Aultman. He provides general cardiology care to patients in Canton, Massillon, Alliance and Dover.
    Pipoly is board certified in internal and cardiovascular disease medicine. He has been with the Mercy Cardiovascular Institute for the past two years and in Canton since 1992.
    Also recognized at the event was Katherine Schroeder who attended with her parents, Paul and Cara Schroeder. Born with a heart defect, she spoke about her struggle and the number of heart surgeries she has had. She helped raise another $33,000 during the Open Your Heart Special appeal.
     Among those attending the event were chairmen Ron and Ruthanne Wilkof, the Victors, Ed and Terri Roth, George and Leslie Maes, James and April Rudo, Eric and Karen Dellapina, Barb and Keith Bennett, Dr. John and Marylie Paulowski, Bob and Linda Ganzer, Dr. Ahmed and Rgia Sabe, Rick and Vicky Haines, Chris and Stacey Remark, Ron Bierman, Dr. and Steven and Peggy Hirsch, Para and Greg Jones and Evrim and Ryan Fulmer.
    BRRRR
    The totals are in.
    The recent Polar Bear Jump fundraiser for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank raised $80,000 which will enable them to provide 320,000 meals to families struggling to put food on the table. There were 800 jumpers.
    EXTRA! EXTRA!
    Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne counties are in urgent need for volunteer to help deliver meals to homebound individuals in the Greater Canton area. For more information, call 800-466-8010 or go to MOW Web site at http://mow-starkwayne.org/volunteer.
    Got a tip about a fundraising event? Contact Denise Sautters at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com or 330-580-8321. Follow her on
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