American Heart Association recognizes Heartsaver Heroes and Southern Tier volunteers

002Volunteers are the cornerstone of what makes the American Heart Association successful in funding lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs in the Southern Tier. Monday night, the association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Heart” at an awards recognition and celebration at Terra Cotta in Binghamton.

 

Over the years, hundreds of community members have dedicated their time, talent and passion to volunteering for the American Heart Association. Among the awards received were top Southern Tier Heart Walk sponsors; media partners; fundraising companies, teams, and individuals; survivor honorees; Get With The Guidelines® hospitals; student fundraising through Jump Rope For Heart; and the top fundraising companies for National Wear Red Day. The event also recognized the chairman of this year’s Southern Tier Heart Walk, Mario DiFulvio, President and CEO of Horizons Federal Credit Union.

 

Jessica Fitzgerald, Tom Perry, Kristen Reagan, Jeff Burdick, and Leslie Grubham

Jessica Fitzgerald, Tom Perry, Kristen Reagan, Jeff Burdick, and Leslie Grubham

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association honored several Heartsaver Heroes during the event. The Heartsaver Hero Awards honor people who take action in an emergency when someone suffers a cardiac arrest. These honorees called 911 and performed CPR, giving cardiac arrest victims their best chance of survival. Monday night’s Heartsaver Hero honorees include a 17-year-old girl who saved her coworker, an off-duty EMT, and six people who worked together to save a neighbor. The Heartsaver Hero Award honorees are Jessica Fitzgerald, Thomas Perry, and Jeff Burdick, Leslie Grubham, Theresa McGovern, Lynda Plain, Kristen Reagan, and Dennis Stashko.

 

 

Heart Walk Director Gina Chapman and Volunteer of the Year Mike Taylor

Heart Walk Director Gina Chapman and Volunteer of the Year Mike Taylor

The Volunteer of the Year Award is always a surprise at the end of the night. This year the award was given to Michael Taylor of Union Volunteer Emergency Squad. Taylor dedicates his time and talents to help train companies and community members in the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.

 

Heart Walk Director Gina Chapman and Lifestyle Change Award winner Terri Donovan

Heart Walk Director Gina Chapman and Lifestyle Change Award winner Terri Donovan

The Lifestyle Change Award, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, recognizes individuals who make significant, positive changes to live healthier lives. This year, the award was given to Terri Donovan. Donovan made the decision to change her life. She quit smoking, watched what she ate, and exercised more. Through these efforts, Donovan was able to lose weight, lower her blood pressure and triglycerides. Donovan acts as an inspiration to others by telling her story.

 

“We are so thankful to the Southern Tier community,” says Heart Walk Director Gina Chapman. “The generous support and dedication of our volunteers and leaders is what makes the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association possible.”

 

Heroes of Heart Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year Michael Taylor
Lifetime Champion Award Magic 101.7 FM
Community Partner Award Julie Raway
Lifestyle Change Award Terri Donovan
Heartsaver Hero Awards Jessica Fitzgerald

Thomas Perry

Jeff Burdick*

Leslie Grubham*

Theresa McGovern*

Lynda Plain*

Kristen Reagan*

Dennis Stashko*

*worked together on CPR save

National Wear Red Day Fundraising Companies 1st place – Visions Federal Credit Union

2nd place – The Raymond Corporation

3rd place – Security Mutual Life

Top Jump Rope For Heart Fundraising Schools 1st place – Chenango Bridge Elementary School

2nd place – Port Dickinson Elementary School

3rd place – Tioga Hills Elementary School

Southern Tier Heart Walk Chairman Mario DiFulvio
Southern Tier Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team Dr. Jason Andrews

Dr. Francis Battisti

Dr. Charles Campbell

Kathy Connerton

Maureen Kollar

Howie Meller

Mark Mushalla

Keith O’Hara

Joel Patch

Towhee Shupka

Tim Strong

Rob Warholic

Ron Siwiec

Southern Tier Heart Walk Logistics Chairman Jeff Greenblott
Southern Tier Heart Walk Logistics Committee Kathy Cramer

George Cummings

Brian DeBoyace

Terri Donovan

Megan Farmer

Rich Greene

Candy Hamm

Brian Peacock

Julie Roney

Heather Sodon

Christina Tran

Top Heart Walk Fundraising Companies 1st place – UHS

2nd place – Horizons Federal Credit Union

3rd place – Weis

Top Heart Walk Fundraising Teams 1st place – Horizons Federal Credit Union

2nd place – Visions Federal Credit Union

3rd place – Colonial Voluntary Benefits

Top Heart Walk Fundraising Community Teams 1st place – Team Wayne and Friends

2nd place – Heart Cup Hockey

3rd place – Gary’s Gang

Top Heart Walk Individual Fundraisers 1st place – Mario DiFulvio

2nd place – Jason Andrews

3rd place – Megan Farmer

4th place – Joe Reagan

5th place – Jeff Greenblott

Heart Walk Inspirational Honorees Keith O’Hara
Southern Tier Heart Walk Sponsors National sponsor – Subway

Signature sponsor – Horizons Federal Credit Union

eni (Employee Network, Inc)

Cardiology Associates

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

GHS Federal Credit Union

Guthrie

Holiday Inn Binghamton

On Point Productions

Visions Federal Credit Union

Lockheed Martin – Owego

Lourdes Hospital

UHS

The Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation

AVANGRID Foundation/NYSEG

BAE Systems

Columbian Financial Group

Newman Development Group

Security Mutual Life

SUNY Broome Community College

William H. Lane, Inc.

IBM Endicott

Andrew R. Mancici Associates Inc.

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

Hinman, Howard, Kattell

Tioga State Bank

The Akel Family

Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy

i3 Electronics

J & K Plumbing & Heating

Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP

M&T Bank

Matco Electric Corporation

Mirabito

NBT Bank

Rockwell Collins

Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus UHS Wilson Medical Hospital
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Guthrie Corning Hospital
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Arnot Ogden Medical Center

 

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