Getting to the Heart of Denver – Heart Ball 2021 Recap

On average, one Coloradan dies each hour due to cardiovascular disease. Through year-round campaigns like the Denver Heart Ball, we’re working to raise critical funds that will help us change this stat and make a lasting impact.

We recently had the opportunity to come together on May 13 for the digital Heart Ball celebration. While it was hard being apart this year, we want to thank everyone that joined us that evening and celebrated the mission of the American Heart Association.

We also want to give a special thank you to our campaign chair, Ryan Beiser, regional president of PNC Bank. Ryan not only led an incredibly successful campaign, he also led the Executive Leadership Team that worked tirelessly to raise critical funds that will make a lasting impact on the heart health of the Denver community. Heartfelt thank you to Ryan and the amazing Executive Leadership Team that helped make the event so successful.

When you donate to the American Heart Association, you’re joining the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers — heart disease and stroke. These crucial donations help fund lifesaving research, advocate for better health, improve patient care and reach at-risk populations. We want to thank three special donors for their support of the American Heart Association.

  • Thank you to Steve and Sami Lockton for generously matching the first $50,000 donated during the event. Their generosity doubled the impact made on the heart health of the community.
  • Thank you to our Saving Little Hearts donor - the Arlene Mohler Johnson Family, in memory of Don Johnson.
  • Thanks to a generous President’s Circle gift from Kelly, Bob and the Kinder family, made in honor of their son Ty Kinder, the American Heart Association will be able to launch the Building a Community of Heartsavers program throughout Colorado.

On the night of the event, attendees met an incredible group of local professionals that took part in our inaugural Leaders for Life campaign. This campaign brought together a team of changemakers, who took a stand to give all Americans healthier lives by engaging their networks in a six-week fundraising campaign. Congratulations to Katy Corrigan, senior project manager with JE Dunn who was named the inaugural Leader for Life winner. Katy is a member of the construction industry and is uniquely aware of the impact of heart disease and stroke on her industry. Thank you to Katy and the class of Leaders for Life nominees for their dedication to creating a healthier Colorado for all.

By uniting our hearts, we can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Thank you to everyone that celebrated with us on May 13 and continues to work with us as we take the fight out of the ballroom, and into the Heart of Denver.

Local residents are counting on us and need our support now more than ever. This year, the reimagined Heart Ball is going beyond the table and into the Heart of Denver.  This year-round initiative will bring the work of the AHA to life throughout the community addressing important AHA priorities such as nutrition security, CPR training and healthy living.

Are you interested in coming on this journey with us? Contact Kerry Olson, VP of social campaigns at Kerry.Olson@heart.org to learn how you can get involved this year and beyond.

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