The American Heart Association raised $920,000 for cardiovascular research at its 56th annual Heart Ball, held Feb. 9 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Proceeds from the event will help families such as Chris and Tricia Cupitt, who shared their story of their two-year-old daughter, Alexa, who has a rare form of heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot.

The black-tie benefit honored Brian Tierney, who received the Heart of Philadelphia Award and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cardiologist Dr. Victoria L. Vetter, who won the Edward S. Cooper MD Award.

The evening featured auction items such as an African safari for four to the Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia that went for $7,000; a luxury suite at Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game for 16 ($5,000); and an eight-day trip to the Scottish Highlands ($5,000). The gala’s more than 500 guests also enjoyed dancing until midnight to the Sid Miller Dance band.