Dr. Kimon Bekelis honored by the American Heart Association

American Heart Association’s 55th Annual American Heart Association Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball A Success

Dr. Kimon Bekelis & Dr. Jorge Gardyn


Long Island, NY –– Hundreds of attendees from the Long Island medical and corporate community came out to the Garden City Hotel in Garden City on Thursday, April 26th to attend the American Heart Association’s 55th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball.  The Long Island Heart Ball is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership.


This year’s “Heart Rock” themed event was co-chaired by Todd Fabricant, CEO, Todd Mitchell Associates and Renee Pope, Executive Director, KPMG, LLP. The 55th Annual Heart Ball honored Kimon Bekelis, MD, Catholic Health Services of Long Island who will receive the Neurological Science Honoree Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Award and Jorge L. Gardyn, MD, F.A.C.P, Island Occupational Medical Resources P.C. who will receive the Cardiovascular Science Honoree Heart Disease Intervention in Fire Services Award.

L-R: Renee Pope, Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Dr. Jorge Gardyn & Todd Fabricant


This year’s event emcee was WBAB Afternoon Drive host, Fingers who dazzled the crowd with his various wardrobe changes.


The evening was a rock n’ roll success and included dinner, silent auction and dancing to the tunes of the Dane Wright Band. This year’s Heart Ball Sponsors included; The Jade Foundation, Castagna Realty-Americana Manhasset, Leviton, KPMG, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Catholic Health Services, Berdon LLP, AVZ, Cardiovascular Medical Associates, Carter, DeLuca Farrell &, Schmidt, LLP, Sterling National Bank, Long Island Neurological & Pain Specialists, Nassau Community College, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., Curtis Circulation Company, Todd Mitchell Associates, WBAB-FM 102.3 and WBLI-FM 106.1 & Anton Media Group.


The American Heart Association promises that we will have an extraordinary impact on your life by empowering you and your loved ones to save lives, live healthier and enjoy more peace of mind about cardiovascular disease. Our goal by 2020 is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%. Why? Life is Why!


For more information or to get involved in the 56th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball, visit longislandheartball.heart.org or call 516-962-0805.



 About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.