PLATTSBURGH - The American Heart Association has recognized the efforts of top participants in the 2010 Plattsburgh Start! Heart Walk. On Nov. 17, about 50 members of Heart Walk teams attended a ceremony at Geoffrey's Pub where they were recognized for helping raise $139,000 with the Heart Walk that took place Sept. 25 at the PARC Oval. Money raised will go to cardiovascular disease and stroke research and educational programs that will raise awareness of preventative treatment of the diseases.
"We are truly delighted to have the opportunity to thank and recognize all of our Heart Walk companies and top walkers who have contributed so much to make this year's Heart Walk a tremendous success," said Keri Mack, corporate events director of the American Heart Association.
The event recognized the Heart Walk's top walkers, giving out trophies fashioned like miniature Converse sneakers, to the top five walkers. Maxine Barcomb, first-year walker and co-captain of the Pfizer team, earned the top walker award after she and her team raised $4,525. Wanda Flynn, community teams organizer for the walk, was awarded for being number two walker after she and her team raised $3,475. Flynn and her team - which included her husband, Tom, and Mike and Cheryl Dodds - organized a golf tournament to raise money for the walk.
Rick Martindale from Martindale and Keysor was the number three top walker for raising $2,740 through on-line fundraising.
One special walker was 9-year-old MccAlie Narducci, who was given a special volunteer medal for not only being the youngest fundraiser and volunteer for the Heart Walk, but for her hard work in raising $600.
Narducci first got involved in the walk with her grandmother, Doreen St. Germaine, who has participated in the Heart Walk for the past five years. Narducci and St. Germaine wanted to walk in honor of Narducci's grandfather who suffered a heart attack in June. "I'm going to do it again next year and I'm going to raise more money and go higher next time," Narducci said.
Top corporate walkers were also recognized at the event for their outstanding donations. Team Pfizer, led by Barcomb and Julie Rowe, was highlighted for raising $15,711 for the walk. Raising the second highest amount was Nine Platt Hospitality team, led by Bob Smith, Julie Kramer and other staff members, who raised $9,475. The CVPH Medical Center Team, led by Colleen Bell,was given an award for raising the third highest donation of $5,520.
AHA executive director Ashley Edwards said, together, the corporate teams were able to raise more than $97,000. Edwards thanked everyone for participating in the walk but reminded everyone the work does not end with this year's Heart Walk.
"Heart disease is America's number one killer, claiming more lives than the next seven combined," Edwards said. "We are all here today because we believe in the mission of [AHA]. I hope that you realize all the hard work you did to make a difference in the lives of so many people."