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CANCELED: The Emerald Ball at Hilton Sandestin

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What: CANCELED: The Emerald Ball at Hilton Sandestin
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Hilton Sandestin

As part of community efforts to minimize the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation has decided to postpone the Emerald Ball scheduled for March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin.

While this was a difficult decision, the health and safety of the community and our volunteers is always a top priority. We have joined our hospitals in taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The decision is consistent with our values and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Florida recommending that communities and Individuals take actions now to reduce the risk from COVID-19. That includes the "social distancing" guidance that all persons at increased risk of severe illness should consider staying at home and avoiding large gatherings or other situations of potential exposures.

We appreciate your support of the Foundation and Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. We plan to hold the event at a later date and will update the community as plans develop.


The Sacred Heart Foundation is once again rolling out the green carpet for the 2nd Annual Emerald Ball on Saturday, March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. 

“We were blown away by the community’s support of the event last year, which raised an astounding $217,631,” Carol Carlan, president of Sacred Heart Foundation, said. “We are excited to deliver an even bigger night of fun and entertainment in 2020!”

Guests are encouraged to wear shades of emerald for the elegant event. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. Entertainment will include live music by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, a wine and bourbon pull and a photo booth by 30A Life Photography. A highlight of the evening will be the opportunity to enter-to-win a $5,000 shopping spree at McCaskill & Company. Tickets for this exclusive, jewelry drawing will be available to purchase for $100 each and will be limited to 150 entries. 

This year’s event will also include a tribute to Roger Hall, president of Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast, for his dedication and contributions to the hospital over the last 17 years. Hall, a native of Crestview, served for six years as CEO of North Okaloosa Medical Center before being named president of Sacred Heart’s 58-bed hospital in Walton County, which was under construction at that time. Under his leadership, the hospital has grown steadily to meet the needs of the community while maintaining a high level of quality. Since opening, the hospital has grown to 76 beds and services have expanded with the opening of The Family Birth Place, The Ascension Sacred Heart Cancer Center, and the state-of-the-art Judy and Steve Turner Heart & Vascular Center. His passion and dedication to providing high quality, safe and compassionate health care, has resulted in Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast consistently ranking among the top hospitals in the nation for patient safety, experience and satisfaction.

“Roger is the definition of a servant leader,” Susan Cornejo, chief operating officer of Ascension Florida, said. “His steadfast commitment to the community and growth of Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast has been fundamental to its continued success.We are grateful for his many contributions and the impact he has made on the lives of the patients, families, and communities served.”

Individual tickets for the Emerald Ball are available to purchase for $150 and include reserved seating, dinner and two drink tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sacredheartemeraldball.com.

Make a reservation at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa to coincide with the event, please call 1-800-559-1805 or visit www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com and use code “SHB” for the group discount.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast near Destin in South Walton, Florida. For more information on the premier hotel, visit www.HiltonSandestinBeach.com or stay up-to-date with its latest news and promotions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 



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