Please join us for the 2019 Heartbeat Gala

The stories shared will shine a light on the need for, and impact of, women’s heart health research. Join gala co-chairs, Dr. Elizabeth Grey and Dr. Retu Saxena as we lift up the impact research has on the lives of patients and their families during an evening of generosity, inspirational storytelling, and captivating guest speakers.

With 600+ guests including Minneapolis Heart Institute® physicians, patients and families, thought influencers and community leaders, this evening brings our mission to life.

Gala Co-Chairs

Elizabeth Grey, MD

“In the past, it was assumed that data collected on men was applicable to women. This is a fallacy.”

Retu Saxena, MD

“Research on women’s heart health is 35 years behind. We can improve care and close the gap through the Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center.”

Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center

Gala proceeds benefit the MHIF Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center to advance care and improve outcomes in women’s heart health.

When it comes to heart disease, women are understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Now it’s time to understand and #ResearchHer.

Heart disease takes the lives of more women than all cancers combined, Alzheimer’s and respiratory diseases combined.

Women’s heart health research is 35 years behind that of men’s heart health research.

Your support will help advance women’s cardiovascular research, which will change the trajectory of this disease in women. Much more work is needed to identify risk and save women’s lives. 



 Cocktail Reception | 5:30 PM A lively reception featuring a wine toss, silent auction, mystery boxes and surprises along the way.

 Dinner & Program | 7:00 PM  Heart-to-heart conversations with inspiring patients and Cathy   Wurzer

 After Party | 9:00 PM  Davina and the   Vagabonds will share a night of heart-pumping music and dancing.


 Cathy Wurzer

 Journalist, Author, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio and co-host of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television


Saturday, November 23 | Hilton Minneapolis

1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis MN

Dress Code

Black tie admired, but not required


Valet parking is available.


Individual $500
Table of 10 $6,000
Sponsorship begins at $10,000
After Party Only $50 and includes an intimate concert with Davina & The Vagabonds, appetizers, and two cocktails. (Doors open at 8:45 PM for After Party Only.)


Opportunities for sponsor recognition at various levels. Download this sponsorship packet or email Shannon Vanderheyden, Events Manager, for more details.


*Per IRS policy, tax rules do not allow a donor to use securities, donor-advised funds or qualified charitable distributions from an IRA to make a gift for which a charity provides any goods or services or other private benefits. Therefore, we are unable to accept gifts of securities, gifts from an IRA or donor-advised fund as payment for HeartBeat Gala sponsorships. A receipt with tax-deductible information will only be prepared and sent to the paying registrant.


Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for making this evening of hope possible.




     Ruth Stricker Dayton