Dr. Herman and Jeannie Williams

NASHVILLE, TN — The Greater Nashville American Heart Association held the 45th annual Middle Tennessee Heart Gala this past Saturday at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center raising a record-breaking $1.3 million net. This total exceeded the anticipated goal

The Aslinger Family, photos submitted

making for a hugely successful event. Over 800 generous supporters and volunteers attended this year’s prestigious event chaired by heart and stroke survivor Dr. Herman Williams and his wife, Jeannie.

Presented as a mini-musical loosely based on the lives of the Williams’, the evening’s theme was “Imagine You’re Part of the Story” and utilized song and dance to portray what a world free of heart disease and stroke would entail.

Impactful moments included the presentation of the Martin E. Simmons Award to Becky and Dick Cowart to honor their selfless giving and the impact they have made on the mission of the American Heart Association. Additionally, pediatric heart survivor Caleb Aslinger and his family were honored during the evening’s Open Your Heart moment. The crowd joyously celebrated Caleb’s one-year “heart-iversary” marking one year since he received a new heart via transplant. Watch his incredible story here.

Finally, many of our local hospital partners volunteered their time for our “Hospitals With Heart” video that brings to light what a world free of heart disease and stroke would truly

Dick and Becky Cowart

mean in the heart of those who support the mission of the American Heart Association. Watch the video here.

For more than 45 years, the Heart Gala has supported the American Heart Association’s mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information.