On February 20, crowds gathered at The Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina – Aiken for the opening night of “Mystery on Heart Island,” the Aiken Women’s Heart Board’s annual Winter Heart Benefit.
A musical with a cast and crew of Aiken, South Carolina locals, “Mystery on Heart Island,” is the story of a classic who-done-it. Couples arrive at a resort ready to enjoy a relaxing vacation only to discover something is amiss when their belongings start to go missing. It’s up to Inspector Cluezo to find the culprit.
The Aiken Women’s Heart Board Winter Heart Benefit featured six performances of “Mystery on Heart Island.” All proceeds were donated to the American Heart Association – CSRA.
“The Aiken Women’s Heart Board and all their hard work in support of the American Heart Association is part of what makes Aiken great,” said Mayor Rick Osbon.
The board began fifty-one years ago, in 1968, and it’s first benefit was a fashion show. Since that time, the fashion show has become an annual winter musical. There is also a summer encore. Each year, the proceeds of the musical are donated to the American Heart Association – CSRA. Since inception, the board has donated more than $2 million.
“Mystery on Heart Island” raised a total of $134,00. This marked the largest donation that the Aiken Women’s Heart Board has ever given to the American Heart Association.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.