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Hearts of Hope Benefit Spotlights Congenital Heart Defects

Hearts of Hope Benefit Spotlights Congenital Heart Defects

Nationally, about 40,000 infants – 250 in Nebraska -- are born annually with congenital heart defects. Raising awareness and funds to help prevent, treat and prolong the lives of children with congenital heart defects is the goal of the third annual Hearts of Hope Benefit Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Mutual of Omaha Dome, 33rd and Dodge streets. Some of the funds raised from the event will be directed to research and support of pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery physicians at Creighton University, Children’s Hospital, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

One of this year’s co-chairs is Ann Rose, a nurse for more than 40 years at Creighton University Medical Center. Rose has a grandchild that has a congenital heart defect.

The event will include an oral and silent auction, video, reception, a keynote address, and entertainment by Michael Walker and Blue House with the Rent to Own Horns.

Hearts of Hope tickets are $75 per person and are available on the Midwest Heart Connection Web site at www.midwestheartconnection.com. Reservations are requested by Sept. 15.

Posted: 8/28/06