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Fairbanks American Heart Association tops nation in small market fundraising



FAIRBANKS, AK – Volunteers and staff for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Fairbanks are celebrating a victory that demonstrates their phenomenal success over the past year.  Fairbanks AHA claimed the top spot in the nation for revenue generated through its Heart Walk and Go Red For Women events in small metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), according to a national benchmarks report that compared fundraising success in all AHA markets.  Fairbanks claimed the number one spot in 10 categories within the report.

“It has been an amazing year and we owe it all to our remarkable volunteers that have so much passion and energy devoted to our cause,” said Janet Bartels, regional director for the Fairbanks AHA.

The 2010 Fairbanks Heart Walk raised $257,311 and not only had the highest fiscal revenue for MSAs 301+ but also the highest event growth, highest fundraising by a participating company, and the most dollars raised online through the event’s Web site. The Heart Walk is the AHA’s signature fundraising event, a non-competitive walk that aims to raise awareness and money to support the AHA’s mission.

The 2010 Fairbanks Go Red For Women Conference and Luncheon raised $156,336, which was the highest fiscal revenue for MSA 201 and above.  It also had the highest revenue from donations made by event attendees during a portion of the program called “Open Your Heart.”  Go Red For Women empowers women to take action against heart disease, the leading killer in America, and the Fairbanks luncheon provides health education and an opportunity to contribute to the cause.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Its mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – two of America’s leading killers. The AHA funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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