Carolyn Jackson takes matters of the heart seriously. The vice president of brand strategy for Barrett-Jackson is leading Driven Hearts, a charity initiative to raise funds for the American Heart Association. She’s also chairman of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, an annual black-tie affair that brings together leaders from the corporate, philanthropic and medical communities to support the lifesaving work of the AHA. The ball is the longest-running—and most prestigious—charity event in the Valley. Since 1959, the event has raised millions of dollars to help fight heart disease. This year’s Heart Ball takes place on Nov. 17 at The Phoenician (6:30pm, tickets from $750). In anticipation of the event, we spoke with Jackson about local businesses and go-to vendors who have generously supported Driven Hearts.
PICTURE-PERFECT “Scott Foust is a brilliant photographer and always an absolute pleasure to work with.” Scott Foust Studios, 7004 E. Main St., Scottsdale
HIDDEN GEMS Custom jewelry designer—and a favorite among celebrities—Jacqueline Nerguizian is owner of JN Jewels. “I see Jacqueline at every event that I attend. Her bidder paddle is always in the air.” 23623 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
LUXE LUNCH “I am so very grateful to Bill Nassikas [at Mountain Shadows Resort] and his team for their incredibly generous support of the fundraising efforts of the Phoenix Heart Ball.” 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
RALLY CRY “In the spring, Apex Motor Club held their first Road Rally, and Jason Plotke, Jim Beatty and Matt Williams reached out to me to let me know they were raising funds for Driven Hearts. I loved their outside-of-the-box thinking! Thousands of dollars were raised.”
WINE & DINE “Steak 44 is always very generous with the donation of incredible items. They’ve been of tremendous assistance to us.” 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix