Richmond, VA Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview Event

Richmond, VA – (March 15, 2018) – In preparation for Richmond’s 26th annual Heart Ball, the Richmond, VA Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview EventAmerican Heart Association gave guests an opportunity last night to preview several auction items that will be available at the gala while sampling a variety of heart-healthy hors d’oeuvres and desserts crafted by some of Richmond’s most talented local chefs.  The event was held at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Facility.

Participating chefs were challenged to get creative as attendees cast their vote for the best dishes.  Chef Sunny Baweja of Lehja won this year’s challenge with overwhelming praise from all.  His prize included two tickets to this year’s Heart Ball, $1,000 and the silver Smithfield pig.

Richmond, VA Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview EventThe American Heart Association would like to thank all the chefs who participated in the event and provided a wide array of dishes including Nicolai Creatore of Stella’s, Loretta Montano of Little Nickel, Dallas Miller of The Daily Kitchen & Bar, Sunny Baweja of Lehja, Jimmy Tsamouras of Demi’s, TJ Borawski of The Boathouse at Sunday Park, Tim Gradwell of Mosaic, Russell Douglas of Tobacco Co. and Tommy Abbot of Corner Cafe.  Ingredients for the night were generously donated by Smithfield Foods.

Richmond, VA Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview Event

Congratulations to Chef Sunny Baweja of Lehja for winning the Chef Challenge.

AHA would also like to thank those who have supported this year’s Heart Ball including “Life is Why” sponsors, VCU Health Systems and Bon Secours Richmond Health Systems.  Other supporters included this year’s Heart Ball Chair, Larry Little, and the rest of his executive leadership team who have donated their time and talent to support AHA’s mission; the Chairman’s Circle Sponsors; the Corporate Partnership Committee as well as all who have given in-kind.

This year’s Heart Ball will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Main Street Station to celebrate AHA’s mission and all those who come together to move it forward.  The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing AHA to fund life-saving research and prevention programs across the country.

Learn more about how you can get involved with this year’s Heart Ball on our website or contact Sommer Goldsmith at or 804-965-6534.

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