AHA presents ‘Heroes of the Heart’ awards

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WHITESBORO — The American Heart Association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Heart” who have helped the association be successful in funding lifesaving research, education, training and advocacy programs, at an awards recognition and celebration at Hart’s Hill Inn on Tuesday, May 21.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Gerard Capraro and Justine Imundo. Capraro and Imundo worked countless hours this year to create a new database and data processing system for Heart Radiothon and Heart Telethon donors. They were also present at both events to ensure the process went smoothly.

The database greatly improved efficiency and will be used for years to come.

Brenda McMonagle was recognized with the Distinguished Service award. This year was McMonagle’s first year as the chairwoman of the Rome Run & Indoor Walk.

McMonagle served as a member of the volunteer committee for many years before taking over the leadership role.

The Go Red for Women Outstanding Volunteer award went to Christine Meyers. Meyers was a member of the first Go Red Survivor Class in 2016 and has been sharing her story ever since.

Meyers has also continued to volunteer in any capacity needed to make the Go Red for Women Luncheon successful.

Several other awards were given out, including the America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Team Competition awards. The Team Competition recognizes the top fund-raising teams from various categories.

The event also recognized High 5 Club members. This group includes those who raise at least $500 or more at America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. This group of 205 participants raised more than $360,000. A special reception was held before the awards ceremony to additionally honor the Grand VIP Club members who raised at least $1,000 or more. The Grand VIP Club reception was sponsored by Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig Insurance.

“We are so thankful to the Mohawk Valley community,” said American Heart Association Executive Director Christine Kisiel. “The generous support and dedication of our volunteers and leaders is what makes our lifesaving mission possible. I’m honored to work with each one of these incredible volunteers.”

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