2017 Heartbeat Gala


Saturday, October 14
5:30 p.m. – Midnight
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis


The Entire Event – $500
After Party Only – $50


Have you purchased a table of 10 for the Gala? Please fill out this form with your guest info.


Dr. William T. Katsiyiannis and Dr. Timothy M. Sullivan


5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception and interactive exhibits

7:00 p.m. Dinner and program featuring a keynote from Simon Keith, the dynamic soccer champion who returned to the sport after receiving a heart transplant.

9:30 p.m. After Party with DJ Jake Rudh from Transmission Music and 89.3FM The Current closing out the night


Black tie/cocktail attire

Opportunities for sponsor recognition at various levels. Please reach out to events@mhif.org if interested in a sponsorship.


Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player – he’s one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, having received a heart transplant when he was just 21 years old. Remarkably, Simon went on to play competitive soccer and was drafted #1 overall into the USA’s Major Indoor Soccer League just three years after his surgery. Captivating audiences with his incredible story, Simon challenges people to find their “moments of truth” and dares them to live.


Our successful track record as an agile, impactful team is only possible with the support of our donors and community partners that enable us to respond quickly to new research opportunities. To that end, our 2017 Heartbeat Gala proceeds will go to our Innovation Fund, which directly supports MHIF Investigator Initiated Research (IIR). IIR involves:

  • Physicians identifying new research questions from trends they see in their clinical practice.
  • Mobilizing research teams and clinical research interns to study the data and propose solutions.
  • Communicating findings to improve clinical practice.