Mark and Tammie Davis are hard at work as co-chairpersons of the 2024 Central Arkansas Heart Ball. The Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of Central Arkansas, a year-round fundraiser aimed at investing in, saving and improving lives in Little Rock and its surrounding communities. This year’s campaign is specifically focused on improving the chain of survival in the case of cardiac arrest and ensuring more neighbors have the chance to live a full and healthy life.

 

Mark Davis is chief corporate officer and general counsel for Lexicon Inc.; Tammie Davis is division president for Cadence Bank.

 

Beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m., the ball will take place on April 6 in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center. The night will also include live and silent auctions, entertainment and presentation of the 2024 class of Central Arkansas Sweethearts.

 

“We are thrilled that proven community leaders like Tammie and Mark are so committed to marking the American Heart Association’s 100th year with a bold and successful Heart Ball campaign,” said Jamie Jones, chairperson of the American Heart Association-Central Arkansas board of directors. “They understand the impact the mission and work of the American Heart Association can have on every central Arkansan.”

 

Tammie Davis, an accountant by trade, said she and her husband are building on the success of last year’s ball after it raised a total of $511,000. This year’s goal, she said, is $649,000 and upward of 800 guests.

 

The couple is driven to serve in the memory of Mark’s father, Gary Davis, who passed away from complications of heart failure.

 

“We felt robbed when we lost him way too early,” Tammie Davis said.

 

“Family drives all we do,” Davis said. “We do this not only for my father but we’re also doing it for your father, family and all your friends and loved ones.”

 

The 2024 Heart Ball carries the theme “Big Top. Big Impact.” and is sponsored by Baptist Health, Lexicon and Underhill Real Estate, among others. Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will receive the Worthen-Cornett Award. Leslie Bennett will be the featured Open Your Heart survivor.

 

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