Heart Of Montgomery County Heart Ball Turns Up The Beat Generating Nearly $700,000 While Honoring The Life Of Scott Tautenhahn

Heart Of Montgomery County Heart Ball


American Heart Association (AHA), a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities.

Montgomery County Heart Ball Chair: Kathy Tautenhahn, president, Amazing Spaces
Presenting Sponsor: Jim Parisi, president, St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital
AHA Gulf Coast Chairman: TJ Tijerina, president and CEO, First Community Credit Union
Auctioneer: Will Murphy, Managing Director - Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors


The American Heart Association’s Montgomery County Heart Ball turned up the beat for 500 generous guests Saturday, Feb. 25 at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The annual philanthropic gala, presented by St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands and chaired by Kathy Tautenhahn, honored the life of Tautenhahn’s late husband Scott by sharing his inspirational message of second chances, early detection, and prevention.

The reception, which began at 6 p.m., was filled with hundreds of Montgomery County philanthropists, physicians and business leaders decked out in elegant ballgowns and black tie. All were invited to enjoy cocktail hour, a massive bid board with dozens of items and a Hands-Only CPR demonstration. At the stroke of 8 p.m., attendees were ushered into the ballroom by the deep sound of a booming heartbeat.

New AHA Vice President of Development for the Gulf Coast, Kellie Armstrong, shared her personal why for joining the organization and introduced Amber Baker, Associate Executive Vice President, who acknowledged the passion behind her twenty-year career with the organization, while also expressing her appreciation of newcomer volunteer Kathy Tautenhahn and Lifetime Giving Society Ambassadors Suzanne and Bob Potter.

Will Murphy led an exciting live auction that included dream vacation experiences, breath-taking jewelry and one-of-a-kind wine and culinary experiences. An Open Your Heart video, followed by a standing ovation and toast, given by Dr. Giri Vedala of Memorial Hermann, honored the life of Scott Tautenhahn who avoided a major cardiac event through early detection and prevention, giving him an additional 12 years of life with his family.

The festivities continued with a stunning Afterparty, featuring Celebrity DJ, Men-Yo, who kept the crowd on their feet all night to a variety of cultural playlists.

On the cusp of its 100th birthday, the American Heart Association is funding groundbreaking work to truly live its mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With the strength of their millions of volunteers, donors and sponsors, the organization is doubling down on its commitments at this unique point in its history with bold goals to address the root causes of heart disease and stroke.


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, from 6 p.m. – midnight


The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center


Black Tie

In The Crowd:

Kathy Tatenhahn, Suzanne and Bob Potter, Nicole and Will Murphy, Jim Parisi, Travis Guin, Justin Kendrick, Misti Jeter, Chris and Kristin Kirch, Alison K. Spencer, Johnna Edone, Sonia Khurana…who else needs to be here?….

What Else:

  • Floral and Décor - The Perfect Touch
  • Photographer - Kathleen Ryan
  • Entertainment - DJ Men-Yo
  • Meal

Appetizer - Bibb Lettuce Salad with Field Greens

Main Course - Red Wine Poached Pears, Crisp Prosciutto, Caramelized Pecans and Sun-Dried Cherry Vinaigrette, Western Tenderloin or Chicken, Jalapeno Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus, Roasted Peppers

Dessert - Chocolate Cheesecake or Espresso Anglaise