For six weeks, they wore red every day. They shared educational messages, and raised money to change the statistic that heart disease is a woman’s No. 1 health threat.
The Men Go Red for Women campaign in New York’s Capital Region concluded on Friday, March 19, and the six participants raised a total of $40,109.56. The top three fundraisers were:
- Sean Moloney of Merrill Lynch, who raised $14,109.56
- Dave DeMarco of Saratoga National Bank and Trust and Arrow Financial, who raised $10,806.72
- Brain Sheldrick of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, who raised $8,722.40.
Charles Amodio of Ferraro, Amodio and Zarecki CPAs; Miguel Molina of Bank of America; and Sean Willcoxon of Mazzone Hospitality were the other Men Go Red participants.
Nicole Leonard and Jackie Sheffer, both of Merrill Lynch, co-chaired the campaign, which is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. That campaign raises awareness about women’s heart health, and funds to improve women’s health.
“I know firsthand how heart disease and stroke can affect a family,” Moloney said. “Both of my parents suffered from strokes. I am proud to do my small part to help protect my wife, daughter and all the women in our lives from this dreaded disease.”
“I could not be happier with the passion and efforts these 6 men put forth during the 2021 Men Go Red For Women Challenge,” Leonard said. “It was an honor to co-lead this challenge for the Go Red For Women campaign. Communities need to be aware of the staggering number of women affected by heart disease and stroke, and these six men rose to the occasion by not only raising money to support the American Heart Association’s efforts but by raising awareness to support women. We are in one of the most difficult times in our lives with the COVID-19 pandemic and these men did not hesitate to take on the challenge. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
“Congratulations to all of the Men go Red candidates, especially our top fund raiser Sean Moloney from Merrill Lynch,” Sheffer said. “These men took on the challenge to raise funds for the American Heart Association during challenging times. This is what I love about the Capital District, ask and we will rise above the challenge.”
“We are thrilled and honored to have partnered with these six incredible men who accepted the challenge to be part of the 2021 Men Go Red Campaign though the American Heart Association,” said Michele Kollmer, relationship manager at CAP COM Federal Credit Union and co-chair of the 2021 Capital region Go Red for Women campaign. “Not only did these men raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women, but they have come together to raise much needed funds to provide support in the wake of this public health crisis.”
“I want to personally thank these six courageous men, who took on the Men Go Red challenge during these unprecedented times,” said Christianne Smith of Designsmith Studios and co-chair of the 201 Capital Region Go Red for Women campaign. “It took a new level of strategy to fundraise during a pandemic, and these men gracefully excelled! I also want to thank their significant others and family members for supporting them during these past six weeks. As we know with most acts of courage, it takes a village, and these six men have raised the bar for community involvement and support, as well as raising awareness for the number one killer of women in the United States.”
The men will be honored at the 2021 Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 12, 2021.