The HeartBeats Gala is a two-day annual event in Dallas, TX held during February, American Heart Month. Proceeds from the HeartBeats Gala benefits Living for Zachary (L4Z) whose mission is to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth.

The first event is the HeartBeats Health Fair which is a free event offered to the general public to learn more about their heart health. Each year the HeartBeats Health Fair offers free Living for Zachary Heart Screenings for youth ages 12-22 – includes an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram and blood pressure check, free health tests to determine your personal health numbers, free medical advice from a board of nationally-recognized physicians, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) awareness demonstrations, booths hosted by world-renowned medical manufacturers and wellness companies and heart healthy cooking presentation and tasting with free food and drinks. In 2013, Living for Zachary received a proclamation from the Dallas Mayor, Michael Rawlings, stating that Friday, February 15, 2013 is ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day’.

The second event is the HeartBeats Gala which is a black tie affair offering cocktails, fine dining, live and silent auction, and live music.  Every year, the HeartBeats Gala hosts approximately 1,000 business and community leaders, physicians and members of the medical community and strong L4Z supporters.


HeartBeats Gala: Bright Lights, Broadway Nights
February 19, 2011
Marriott Plano at Legacy Town Center
Honorary Chairs:  Mark and Janet Valentine


HeartBeats Gala: A Tribute to MotownFebruary 18, 2012
Education Forum – February 17, 2012
Omni Dallas Hotel
Honorary Chairs: Dr. David and Susan Brown
Mark and Janet Valentine


HeartBeats Gala: UnforgettableFebruary 16, 2013
Omni Dallas Hotel
Honorary Chairs: Mac and Stephanie Brink
Dr. David and Susan Brown

Education Forum – February 15, 2013
Omni Dallas Hotel
Honorary Chairs: Mark Gonzales


HeartBeats Gala – February 8, 2014
Hilton Anatole Hotel
Honorary Chairman: Brian Ellard

Education Forum – February 7, 2014
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
Honorary Chairs: Mark Gonzales and Judy Daust


HeartBeats Gala – February 28, 2015
Hilton Anatole Hotel
Honorary Chairmen: Ches Williams and Richard Baker
Heroes at Heart Award: Kristen Boggess and Wilson McDonald

Education Forum – February 20, 2015
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
Honorary Chairs: Mark and Judy Gonzales


HeartBeats Gala- February 13, 2016
Hilton Anatole Hotel
Honorary Chairs: Brian and Ornella Ellard
Physician Chairs: Dr. Bruce and Erin Gordon
Hero at Heart Award: Dylan Cheatham

HeartBeats Health Fair- February 4, 2016
Children’s Medical Center Plano


HeartBeats Gala – February 11, 2017
Hilton Anatole Hotel
Honorary Chair: Kym Rock
Heroes at Heart Award: Camden Thrailkill and Makenzie Wise

HeartBeats Health Fair – February 2, 2017
Children’s Medical Center Plano


HeartBeats Gala – February 24, 2018
Omni Frisco Hotel
Honorary Chairs: Bethann and Doran Roberts

HeartBeats Health Fair- February 8, 2018
Children’s Medical Center Plano
Honorary Chair: Steven Mottl, DO