2017 Heartbeat Gala

The 2017 MHIF Heartbeat Gala was an incredible evening celebrating 35 years of innovation and education. We hope the fire in your heart was ignited hearing Simon Keith’s incredible story and enjoying an evening with friends new and old. A huge thank you to our sponsors for the evening. Thanks also to everyone who generously gave through the Live Auction and Fund-a-Need. You keep this fire burning! More than $150,000 was raised for the Innovation Fund to support physician-initiated research; total gala proceeds exceeded $650,000. Thank you! Browse photos from the event on the MHIF Flickr site!

2017 Heartbeat Gala


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


Silver Sponsor – $10,000 (includes 2 tables of 10 and special recognition)
Friend Sponsor – $6,000 (includes a table for 10 and special recognition)
The Entire Event – $500 (tax deductible value – $380)
After Party Only – $50 (tax deductible value – $35)


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.

MHIF would like to thank the sponsors of the 2017 Heartbeat Gala for their support.

Signature Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors
Elements Sponsors


Silver Sponsors



Dr. M. Nicholas Burke and Mrs. Sue Slattery-Burke

Dr. Charles and Mrs. Nancy Gornick

Dr. Elizabeth Grey and Dr. Martin Asis

Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Stephanie Gunderson

Dr. Timothy Henry

Dr. David and Mrs. Stacey Hurrell

Dr. Desmond and Dr. Podaly Jay

Dr. David and Mrs. Diane Milbrath

Dr. Timothy and Mrs. Amy Sullivan

Dr. Chuen and Mrs. Angela Tang

Dr. Jay and Mrs. Sarah Traverse