Genesys Heart Institute will host the third annual "Affair of the Heart" this week to help save the lives of heart attack victims.

The black-tie optional event will feature a cocktail reception, strolling dinner, casino gaming, dueling pianos and dancing. A late night sweet table and Polar coffee bar will also be available.

Proceeds from this year's fundraiser will help establish the joint STEMI activation-from-the-field project which will enhance communication between the hospital and EMS workers through smart technology to expedite patient care. STEMI - short for ST elevation myocardial infarction caused by a blockage of one of three coronary arteries that supplies blood to the heart - is considered one of the most deadly forms of heart attacks and nearly 250,000 experience one annually.

The Affair of the Heart gala fundraiser is Friday, February 7th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc. To purchase tickets, go to or call (810) 606-6364.