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Epicures dole out jaw-dropping dollars for heart research at Dallas gala

Epicures dole out millions for heart research at beloved Dallas gala

Viven Wong, Victor Wong
Viven Wong, Victor Wong Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Diane Farnham, Bud Sepcic, Kelly Sefzik, David Pfeil, Jill Rothschiller, Jim Rothschiller
Diane Farnham, Bud Sepcic, Kelly Sefzik, David Pfeil, Jill Rothschiller, Jim Rothschiller Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Ella Turner
Ella Turner Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Kate Rose Marquez, Eric Brandt, Kristen Sanger
Kate Rose Marquez, Eric Brandt, Kristen Sanger Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Chef Garth Blackburn Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Barrett Jackson, Cristina Palacios Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Rachael Lewis Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Adam Lee, Amy Meadows, Michael Meadows Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cindy Stager, Gillian Briedenbach Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Crista deBruyn, Philip deBruyn
Crista deBruyn, Philip deBruyn Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
David Doherty, Susan Doherty Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Maureen Ellis, Steve Ellis Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Kevin Connolly, Cindy Connolly
Kevin Connolly, Cindy Connolly Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Leigh Ann Keith, Vernon Keith
Leigh Ann Keith, Vernon Keith Photo courtesy of American Heart Association
Viven Wong, Victor Wong
Diane Farnham, Bud Sepcic, Kelly Sefzik, David Pfeil, Jill Rothschiller, Jim Rothschiller
Ella Turner
Kate Rose Marquez, Eric Brandt, Kristen Sanger
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Crista deBruyn, Philip deBruyn
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Cotes du Coeur 2015 raised a record amount of money for AHA Dallas.
Kevin Connolly, Cindy Connolly
Leigh Ann Keith, Vernon Keith

Attendees opened their hearts — and wallets — recently at the American Heart Association's Côtes du Coeur gala, which raised a record $3.4 million for cardiovascular and stroke research.

Also impressive? Of that staggering total, $850,000 was given that night at the Hilton Anatole, meaning that more than 1,100 guests embraced the gala's spirit and contributed more than ever before in the AHA's 24-year history.

Those charitable folks also got to enjoy dishes by some of the city's top chefs, including Garth Blackburn, John Tesar, Dean Fearing, Kent Rathbun, Anita Hirsch, Scott Gottlich and lead chef Richard Chamberlain. More than 30 international wineries kept the vino flowing — which may or may not have helped with the lucrative live and silent auctions.

The evening's Open Your Heart appeal certainly tugged at the heartstrings. Young Ella Turner lost her sister to heart disease when Ella was only 5 years old, and since then she has raised more than $40,000 for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope For Heart program. Ella wants to be a chef when she grows up, so she was thrilled when the Côtes du Coeur chefs presented her with a custom chef jacket.

Chaired by Kate Rose Marquez and executive leadership team chair Rick Allen, this year's Côtes du Coeur has significantly upped the $27 million total raised by the event during the last two decades.