Young professionals engaging peers in AHA mission

Updated:Aug 12,2013

A wave of new and energetic volunteers is evolving among young professionals dedicated to engaging their peers in the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Their efforts have attracted elite participants to recent high-profile events in California and Arizona.

Pulse BallSan Francisco PULSE is a spirited group formed to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in the Greater Bay Area. It recently presented the first PULSE Ball -- which raised over $50,000. “Paint the City Red” was the theme with more than 400 guests wearing their best red ensembles to the party. Guests danced to surprise performer, Geographer, and were inspired as they listened to Danny Lee, Vice President of US Trust, talk about losing his father to a heart attack when he was a young child.

In Arizona, elite young professionals recently connected with volunteers from the Phoenix Heart Ball to develop “Heart Rock.” The first event of its kind in the 54-year history of the Phoenix Heart Ball was a tremendous success — attracting a new group of supporters to our mission, as well as increasing their awareness about heart health. Heart Rock’s 350 guests were treated to top deck views from the Hotel Palomar, enjoyed gourmet fare and the talent of national recording artist Kelley James.  

Silicon Valley Heart BallThanks to a unique tech tool, guests at our Silicon Valley Heart Ball could see in real time how much money was being raised at the glamorous event. Heart Ball Chair Mark Templeton, who is CEO and President of software developer Citrix, challenged the 200 guests gathered at his Woodside Hills estate to give $1 million. Technology developed by last year’s Heart Ball Chair Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, provided attendees the opportunity to track progress on a huge computer screen as they raised a whopping $1.035 million. Entertainer John Tesh set the tone for the evening by trading anecdotes with Templeton – they are college buddies. Guests celebrated hitting the magic million-dollar mark by dancing under the stars to oldies from the Joe Sharino Band.
Thanks to all our volunteers reaching out to attract new AHA supporters in innovative ways.