Southern New England family makes bold commitment to heart and brain health

Man with award with woman.

Malcolm G. Chace receiving award from Executive Director Michelle Clark

The American Heart Association enters its 100th anniversary celebration and accepts first Second Century gift from the MG Chace Family of Rhode Island

The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke will be celebrating its 100th year next June. Leading up to the 2024 centennial, the Southern New England chapter is beginning the anniversary celebration with its first Second Century Donation from the MG Chace family of Rhode Island.

“I am proud to support the Centennial anniversary of the American Heart Association of Southern New England,” shared Malcom G. Chase. “Our family, like so many others, have been impacted by heart disease. The mission, work, programs, and research provided by the AHA is to be admired and supported.”

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association, devoted to world of healthier lives for all, has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates. Individuals and organizations across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are joining in the celebration by making their Second Century pledge.

“As we close out our first 100 years and begin the next, our work is far from complete. We are just getting started on the next chapter of our relentless work to end heart disease and stroke,” said Frank Maher, Go Red for Women Development Director. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to the MG Chace Family for their generosity and commitment they give to support the mission of the American Heart Association.”

The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, but the distinguished achievements of the organization for the past century are the result of more than $4.8 billion in research and the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees.

The American Heart Association’s centennial is a celebration of the lifesaving achievements and shared vision for a bold Second Century that will exponentially advance heart and brain health. The Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies drive healthier lifestyles.

“We pledge to continue our relentless work to eliminate heart disease and stroke, optimize brain health and ensure equitable health in every community across the country,” said Michelle Clark, Executive Director for the Southern New England chapter.  “We remain steadfast on our journey to transform health and to ensure all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.”

These bold goals are made possible because of like-minded individuals and organizations who share in the vision of better health for Southern New England. Most notably, MG Chase Family has pledged support of donations of time, talent, and funds as a Second Century donor.

To learn more about accomplishments in the first 100 years of the American Heart Association or how to participate in the second century campaign visit, or contact [email protected] for more information.