“I am honored to chair this year’s Heart Ball which will raise funds for the ongoing task of educating the public on the causes of heart disease as well as improving the ways to treat it,” Sweitzer said.
As Chairman of IGT Corporation, Donald R. Sweitzer is an ambassador for the Company when interacting with global customers, current and potential partners, and government officials. Additionally, Sweitzer advises IGT’s CEO on government affairs and general business matters.
Prior to becoming Chairman, Sweitzer served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Public Affairs of GTECH, and was responsible for leading the Company’s efforts to identify and develop new business opportunities in targeted markets, support the expansion of GTECH’s products and services in existing jurisdictions, and continually enhance the Company’s communications and services to its worldwide government and commercial clients.
When Sweitzer joined GTECH in 1998, he brought more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs. A recognized authority on national politics and public affairs, Sweitzer has advised numerous national, statewide, and congressional candidates throughout his career, and has worked at every level of government.
The Southern New England Heart Ball will host approximately 300 guests at the Marble House in Newport on Saturday, June 11. This black-tie optional gala spotlights the American Heart Association’s work to fight heart disease and stroke in our community and will strive to raise $500,000 to fund lifesaving research and education. This year’s Heart Ball is inspired by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, originally published in Chicago in 1900. As we travel with Dorothy down the yellow brick road, we will highlight research advances funded by the American Heart Association and introduce characters that represent all the ways heart disease and stroke impacts our community.
Local sponsors of the 2016 Heart Ball include East Commerce Solutions, Inc., IGT, KPMG, Lifespan, Southcoast Health, Southcoast Health Cardiovascular Care, Dassault Systemes, The Seed Family, Shape Up RI, and The Procaccianti Group ǀ Bluedog Capital Partners, LLC. Friends of Heart include Ninedot, Providence Diamond, The Savory Grape Wine Shop and The Savory Affair. Media sponsors include ABC6 TV and the Providence Business News.
Executive Leadership Team includes: Robert H. Schwengel, MD, FACC & Elizabeth Schwengel (Medical Chairs), Adam and Allison Seed (Open Your Heart Chairs), Roger Bergenheim, Lindsay Chancellor, Col. Brendan Doherty, Samuel C. Dudley MD, PhD, Alyse Duarte, Jessica Granatiero, Sarah Harris, Ramon Kingsley, Rajiv Kumar MD, Anthony Marcello, Carrie Ortner, Kimberly Pucci, Brandon Salomon, and Brian Silver MD.