Sulpizio Center honors philanthropists at gala

The 12th annual “Heart of San Diego” Gala to benefit the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center was held on March 21 at UCSD.

Rancho Santa Fe philanthropists Gene and Hannah Step were honored at this black-tie fete, which included dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.

While working as a senior executive for Eli Lilly, Gene Step learned about the critical need for advanced cardiovascular care. When he was only 41 years old, Step experienced a heart attack. Ever since, Step has relied on cardiologists to keep a close eye on his heart to ensure his good health.

When Gene Step and wife Hannah moved from Indianapolis 12 years ago to retire in San Diego, he was referred to Anthony DeMaria, MD, director of UCSD Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, for continuing cardiac care.

Longtime co-chairs of the “Heart of San Diego” Gala are Zandra Rhodes, founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and Salah Hassanein, chairman of Variety Children’s Lifeline.