Heart Ball is extra special to the Loughridge family
A multi-generational connection adds meaning to the American Heart Association's annual fundraiser on February 17.
Dr. Bill Loughridge and his granddaughter, Bailey Wollmershauser
This month’s Tulsa Heart Ball will be special in two ways for the Loughridge family. Its patriarch, retired cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Bill Loughridge, will receive the American Heart Association’s Heart of Tulsa Award, and his granddaughter, Bailey, will be one of the 71 Sweethearts presented at the Ball.
A one-time board president for the AHA of Tulsa, Loughridge, speaking for his family, says, “We’ve always supported the Heart Association, and it has been very important to our family. I am humbled to receive this award.”
For many years, Bill’s late wife, Linda, was instrumental in planning the Heart Ball. In 1974, to increase attendance, she and her committee created the Western theme, says Lindsey Hansen, AHA director of communications.
The Sweethearts program has been a part of the ball since its beginning, and the boys’ Maverick program was introduced in 2004. All high school sophomores, Sweethearts and Mavericks are selected each spring and volunteer for the AHA throughout the year.
Loughridge says all three of his daughters, Laurie, Lisa and Amy, were Sweethearts. His grandsons Justin and Tyler were Mavericks.
Tulsa Heart Ball
6:30 p.m. Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center. $500, tickets; $5,000 and up, sponsorships. Benefits American Heart Association. Visit tulsaheartball.heart.org.