Rock from the Heart VIP Reception

  

Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern  presents the Rock from the Heart for Aortic Health VIP reception at SEVEN:
Join us for an exclusive VIP reception prior to the Rock from the Heart concert. Connect with movers and shakers from the Twin Cities and across the US. The reception provides time for our guests to meet and mingle with others whose lives have been touched by aortic disease (Survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and those who have lost loved ones to the disease).
Appetizers will be available. Cash bar. Auction and raffle.
Swag bags and drink ticket will be handed out to the first 100 guests.

Seven Sushi and Steakhouse

Saturday Feb 9th

5-7:30pm  

Bios

  

PATTY PETERSON

A member of Minnesota's First Family of Jazz, Patty Peterson is a dynamic vocalist, radio personality, and inspirational speaker. She is a jazz radio show host on KBEM Jazz 88 in Minneapolis. In addition to being an award-winning vocalist both live and in studio, Peterson has hosted radio talk shows, has been an actress, a model, appeared in numerous commercial voice-overs and jingles, and has performed the national anthem at major venues. She has seven Minnesota Music Awards to her credit.

In February 2007, Peterson found herself faced with an aortic dissection. After a busy day that included volunteering at her son's school, a Pilates Class, a rehearsal, and recording session, Peterson was driving down the freeway and felt a burst in her chest. "Not a twinge - more like a dagger in my heart," she said. She was able to pull over and call 911 and was rushed to the hospital. In less than an hour, they determined it was not a heart attack but aortic dissection. Now, Patty is bringing awareness to this deadly cardiovascular disease. She is presently writing a book called "Live Your Gift," which not only talks about her experience with this near death experience, and her intense recovery, but the main reason we are all here - to "Live Your Gift."


TERRI TRAEN

A familiar voice to classic rock fans across the region, Terri Traen was heard on the Minneapolis airwaves for more than 31 years. In addition to being part of a long-standing, number-one rated morning show, Traen also made many appearances during her radio tenure. She enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with listeners, and just ask her about the time she shared a giant sub sandwich with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp. 

In 2004, while still part of the morning show, Delano native Traen and her family bought a 155-acre farm on the Luce Line State Trail near Watertown. The first crop was pumpkins. In 2007, the first 300 apple trees were planted, and in 2009, the first acre of grapes. With help from family and friends nearly 10,000 apple trees and six acres of grapes have been planted, and on Sept. 12, 2012, LuceLine Orchard was born. Today, Traen remains focused on the orchard and enjoys that their vision, combined with hard work from family and friends, has allowed them to open to the public.


TONY ORTIZ

In the early 1980s, a San Diego band was searching for a replacement lead singer. The bass player remembered a man with incredible vocals he saw at an earlier audition. Tony Ortiz was called and performed three songs for the band. By the end of the last song, The Monroes had found their man. Together, the group had a bona fide hit in 1982 with "What Do All the People Know" - a hit still heard on JACK FM today. 

At the time, The Monroes toured with Toto, Rick Springfield, and others while their single climbed the charts, and even appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. However, the band learned its Japan-based record label was abandoning its US market. Without the backing of a label, they were left with no promotion, and the band fell off the charts. Eventually, the group dispersed. Ortiz moved to Minnesota where he currently resides and continues to write and perform music. This self-taught singer/songwriter is proof that if you discover your talent and continue to cultivate it, limitations will fall away. 


BO KAPRALL

Most recognized in the recurring role of Officer Norman Hughes, the boyfriend of Penny Marshall's' character Laverne on the hit television series "Laverne and Shirley," Bo Kaprall is an accomplished actor, producer, writer, and artist who calls Minnesota home. Kaprall was a friend of and worked with John Ritter in the 1970s.

Kaprall got his start in Chicago as a writer/producer in the advertising business and as an actor at Second City. In the late seventies, he moved to Los Angeles where he started the Comedy Store Players and joined Kentucky Fried Theatre (Kentucky Fried Movie, Airplane, Police Squad).  He then went on to write and produce several network series including “Laverne & Shirley,” Aaron Spelling’s “Friends,” Norman Lear’s “Year At the Top,” and more than thirty network pilots. Kaprall has written for or appeared on variety shows and sitcoms including "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Odd Couple," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Cher Show," "The Rockford Files," and "Welcome Back Kotter." 

In the late 1980s, Kaprall moved to Minneapolis where he started his own creative production company, focusing on humorous radio and television commercials, corporate communications, and reality television series. Over the years, Kaprall has created and executive produced shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Discovery, TLC, and HGTV. He has recorded, written, and produced more than 5,000 radio commercials, winning several Cleo & Radio Best Awards. He is currently executive producing his new television series, “Iron Outlaws,” for the History Network, and developing reality shows for everyone from A&E to Discovery. In addition, Kaprall recently completed two web series for General Mills Inc., and continues to act, with his most recent appearances being on "Law & Order" and "Third Watch." 


COLE DEVRIES

Cole DeVries is a former Major League pitcher turned realtor/flipper. The St. Louis Park native signed with the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent from the University of Minnesota in 2006. He worked his way through the Twins minor league system, being called up to the big league team in 2012, and appearing in games for the Twins in 2012 and 2013 before retiring from baseball. 

DeVries now spends his time with Edina Realty and DeVries Properties & Design. A home pricing expert, a skilled negotiator, and a networking powerhouse, DeVries assists everyone from first-time home buyers to people ready to move up or downsize. 


REMY MAXWELL

KZJK-FM 104.1 - M-F 3p-6p

Remy Maxwell… a Jeep drivin’, Harley ridin’, rad skatin’, tattoo laden, risk takin’, music playin’, Long-Haired Freak!  

On the radio ackin’ a fool for 29 years.

Remy’s taken his brand of nonsense, from his hometown of New Orleans, across the country, from Orlando to Los Angeles at KNAC AND KLOS, terrestrial to satellite, landing in Minneapolis/St. Paul 20 years ago on KEGE and later on KXXR and pullin’ down HUGE numbers in afternoons now on our JACK-FM 104.1! 


KRISTIN ANDERSEN-ANDERSON

Kristin Andersen-Anderson is a headlining comedian and native of Minnesota. She travels internationally performing on cruise ships and nationwide doing stand up and speaking engagements. Kristin has produced and continues to perform for fundraising organizations. She is also a registered Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Trainer (ASIST), a subject of which she is quite passionate. Kristin is recovering from her recent aortic dissection that occurred on August 21st , 2018. She was five minutes from stepping on stage in Somers point New Jersey when she felt a pop in her heart. It began following a long day of travel and a phone call from her daughter telling horrific news. She proceeded to dissect while she was performing. “An indescribable numbness ran down my jaw along with what felt like indigestion. I knew it was something more. After a trip to the gas station for aspirin, I went back to the hotel for what turned out to be a very short time. A fellow comedian drove me to the ER where a CT scan revealed my rupturing aorta. I was driven ninety minutes by ambulance to Penn Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where a surgical team was scrubbed and waiting for me. If there had there been traffic, I wouldn’t have made it”. Kristin was away from her family for a painstaking month and was never so grateful to be back at home with her loved ones. She has been back on stage some and has integrated part of her story into her show. Kristin intends to speak of her miraculous survival and deliver a message of hope and awareness to aortic disease. 


WEASEL 

  

Treating radio listeners to a unique style and sense of humor Weasel has been a familiar voice to Minnesota audiences since the early 90’s. Most recently joining Jack FM, the Burnsville native continues to be a friend to listeners and help get them on their way with a smile on their face.