American Heart Association Hits a Home Run in the Fight Against Heart Disease

Philadelphia, PA – May 1, 2024 – The American Heart Association (AHA) proudly announces the success of the Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby, a thrilling event held on Monday, April 29th and Tuesday, April 30th at the iconic Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby was not just about hitting baseballs; it was about hitting heart disease out of the park. With over 25 sponsors who made teams, participants had the opportunity to take 20 swings each, aiming for the stands while rallying support for heart health initiatives within the construction industry.

This two-day event was a resounding success, thanks to the overwhelming support of our company sponsors, participants, and supporters. The AHA extends heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to making this event a memorable and impactful experience.

Special thanks to the Philadelphia Phillies for graciously hosting us at Citizens Bank Park and generously providing silent auction items. Their support played a significant role in the success of the Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby.

We would like to express our deepest appreciation to Hard Hats with Heart Chair, Scott Allen, Managing Director, Northeast Regional Market Lead, and Project Manager at CBRE, along with our entire executive leadership team for their unwavering support and dedication to our mission, showcasing their commitment to heart health.

Scott’s leadership and dedication were instrumental in organizing and executing this event. Scott Allen remarked, “The success of the Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby reflects the collective efforts of our community to support heart health initiatives. It’s inspiring to see our industry come together for such an important cause, and I’m proud to have played a role in making this event a reality.”

Additionally, we extend our gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles players who took time out of their schedules to join us on the field and support our cause. Their presence added an undeniable excitement and energy to the event, further highlighting the importance of heart health awareness.

The Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby wasn’t just a sporting event; it was an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for heart health initiatives. In addition to the thrilling competition, attendees had the chance to participate in hands-on demonstrations, including CPR training, and enjoy lunch in the concourse.

Jennifer Litchman-Green, Sr. Executive Director/Sr. Vice President, Development and Community Health, American Heart Association Philadelphia, commented, “The success of the Hard Hats with Heart Homerun Derby demonstrates the incredible impact we can have when we come together as a community to support heart health initiatives. This event not only raises vital funds but also raises awareness about the importance of heart health in our community, and more specifically in the construction industry, ultimately saving lives.”

Together, we are making a difference in the fight against heart disease.

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