Heartoberfest to Raise Big Hope for Tiny Hearts

• Texas Country Singers Gary Kyle and Jeff Allen in Concert
• Exciting Silent Auction Items
• Fireworks, Eurobungee, Rock Climbing, Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Carnival Games

Dallas, Texas – September 23, 2009 — The fifth annual charity event, Heartoberfest, will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the famous Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas. The event, including a concert by Texas country music singers Gary Kyle and Jeff Allen; large silent auction, and outdoor activities for the children, benefits the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund for congenital heart disease research.

Organizers hope the Heartoberfest event and fundraiser will continue to raise the much needed funding and awareness for congenital heart disease (CHD) research. To date, the Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund has raised much needed funding and helped support groundbreaking research on the subject of blood products required for children undergoing open-heart operations.


Gary Kyle, with the single “Late Night Run Around,” will kick off the the musical performances at 6:00 pm. Jeff Allen, with the Texas Music Chart hit “Raised on Getting’ By” (#8 on the charts and still climbing) will take the stage around 7:30pm to wrap up the evening’s musical performances.
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Food & Activities:

Admission includes many of the outdoor activities – rock climbing, eurobungee, carnival games, face painting, and bounce houses. A performance of the story ballet, The Puppet Fairy, by the Ballet de Force is a new addition to this year’s event. The event concludes with a fireworks display.

Silent Auction:

An autographed guitar by Blue October and Switchfoot; an autographed custom guitar signed by Texas artist, Johnny Cooper; a catered dinner by Chef Eric Shelton, a unique Ukranian Egg; a leather Coach handbag; a wine tasting; and a trip for two to see the Grammy Music Awards and afterparty in Hollywood are just a few of the many silent auction items available for bid during the event.


Tickets for the event are available online at www.hope4tinyhearts.com. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children three and up. At the door, tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children three and up. Event sponsors include: Nordstrom, Silver Star Plastering, Inc., Soltek Spine, LLC, Texas Back Institute, Waters Edge Music, Baylor Medical Center of Frisco, Synthetic Textures, Inc., Dugan’s Travels and Moms Out Loud.

According to the American Heart Association, one million Americans have a congenital heart defect. Recent research reports one out of every 85 babies are born with heart defects each year in the U.S. And, nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the U.S. each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Michelle Duyck says, “We had no idea that heart defects were the most common and most fatal of all birth defects until we lost Chloe during open heart surgery. That was our eye-opener and called us to action. We look forward to a day when more children survive these serious heart defects and that’s why we continue to try and raise big hope for these tiny hearts.”

The Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund was established for Chloe by her parents Michelle and Joel Duyck in 2005. Chloe was born on August 30, 2004, and lost her short battle with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), on September 3, 2004. Chloe had endured two open-heart surgeries as well as several other procedures to try and save her life, but to no avail. The Chloe Duyck Memorial Fund was established to support research in the field of congenital heart disease. The fund is part of the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute (CRSTI), 501(c)3 not for profit organization. 100% of the event proceeds go to fund congenital heart defect research.

Event Details

Who: Gary Kyle, Jeff Allen and family friendly entertainment

What: Heartoberfest

Where: Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr. Parker, TX 75002

When: Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 5pm-9pm


Media passes are available and interviews may be scheduled.

For more information contact: Michelle Duyck
Phone: 214-529-3365
email: [email protected]
website: www.hope4tinyhearts.com