The Hole In One event on May 11 brought together the American Heart Association’s golfing supporters for a fun evening of golf tips and trivia, in a celebration of AHA’s work in the Greater Washington Region. The event was hosted by Rich Sawchak, Chief Financial Officer of Novetta Solutions and the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Region Golf Committee.
The virtual event took place on the original date for the 2020 Golf Tournament. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has meant the Golf Tournament will now take place on October 6, the date was a great opportunity to bring supporters together “virtually”, not just to talk golf but to hear how their generosity and commitment has helped improve the lives of people affected by heart disease and stroke in the Greater Washington Region.
Supporters heard from Dr. Giulio Agnetti about his AHA funded research findings on heart failure being undertaken at Johns Hopkins University, and from Dr. Jennifer Ellis, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Bellevue Hospital in New York, about how AHA is combatting COVID-19 locally. A short film told the inspirational story of local stroke survivor Latia Howard, who, thanks to AHA’s research, is able to use her experience as a former college basketball star to coach the next generation of players.
Connor Farrell, professional golfer at the Woodmont Country Club, the venue for the 2020 Golf Tournament, provided participants with valuable tips to improve their game, whilst a trivia round gave everyone a chance to show off their golf knowledge.
Soula Antoniou, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region AHA, thanked the Golf Committee and the tournament’s sponsors, Novetta, USI Insurance Services and Capital Petroleum Group, as well as all the tournament’s participants for their support. Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors, AHA have been able to respond quickly to the needs of local patients in a world of social distancing and sheltering in place. This has included providing 100 blood pressure monitors to local patients, and connecting healthcare professionals to telemedicine experts.
The event was a great chance to bring golfing supporters together and find out how they are helping to improve lives in the Greater Washington Region, and to look forward to the Golf Tournament on October 6.
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