Red Ball Gala Raises Awareness Of Heart Disease

Kim Wimbish refused to just mourn and grieve after a fatal heart attack took her beloved grandmother’s life several years ago.

Wimbish rolled up her sleeves and launched The Annual Heart Gala. The first year, women wore elegant red evening gowns to honor her late grandmother, Sarah C. Rogers, who was a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., before she passed in 2001. Men meanwhile wore tuxedos, and youngsters wore formal wear to the first annual Black-tie fundraiser that was held four years ago to raise awareness about heart disease. Now, the 4th annual gala will be held Feb. 3 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center from 7-11 p.m.

“Every year the event grows,” said Wimbish who heads KMK Productions, a marketing company. “The first year 300 people came. The next year 500 people came. Last year, we had 700 people. It was crazy. My grandmother was a Delta and she loved red.”

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