2009-10-22 / Letters

Thanks 2009 Heart Walk Supporters

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Franklin/ Fulton Division Board of Directors, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Heart Walk committee members, volunteers, event sponsors, team leaders, walkers, in-kind donors and the many individual and business contributors who financially supported the American Heart Association’s September 27 Start! Heart Walk, presented nationally by Subway, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca.

We would like to recognize event co-chairs Timothy Johnston, assistant VP, Susquehanna Bank and Craig Sencindiver, senior VP of human resources, Citi, for providing exemplary leadership to this event, which is expected to net $117,000. We also extend a special note of thanks to Erin Dowling, who served as our Red Cap spokesperson, representing the many heart and stroke survivors of Franklin, Fulton and Washington counties. Our appreciation also goes to the Greencastle-Antrim School District for permitting us the use of its elementary schoolgrounds for our start/finish location and to Food Lion and Sheetz for their significant in-kind contributions.

From money raised to date, congratulations go to the following individuals raising more than $1,000 and to the top-five teams for their outstanding support of the American Heart Association: Sonya Dean, Janet Crider, Audra Miller, Janet Smith, Brenda Heckman, Melinda Ocker and Sharon Strike; The First National Bank of Mercersburg, Take Shape for Life/PALZ, Summit Health, Menno Haven Retirement Communities and Citi.

Dollars raised through the Heart Walk enable the American Heart Association to continue building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the number-one and number-three causes of death in Franklin and Fulton counties. Funding from events like the Heart Walk help support our priority initiatives, including Go Red for Women (women and heart disease), Alliance for a Healthier Generation (childhood obesity), Power to End Stroke (stroke awareness), Start! (a movement to create a culture of physical activity within area worksites) and public advocacy.

During these challenging economic times, we are humbled by the generosity provided by scores of individuals and businesses who supported this event.

Thank you for helping the American Heart Association as it continues its most important mission to save lives.
Jim Zimmerman,
Franklin/Fulton Division
Board of Directors
American Heart Association
417 Phoenix Dr., Suite A
Chambersburg, PA 17201

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