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From the heart

By Staff | Feb 25, 2015

To the editor:

The 2015 Sanibel/Captiva Heart Walk was an outstanding success. Sponsored by a team of island residents, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, the event took place across from Bailey’s and Lily’s, on the lot graciously loaned to us by Marty Harrity. We had a beautiful day, everyone had fun and we raised about $18,000 to support research and advocacy for the American Heart Association-well surpassing our goal of $15,000

The Platinum sponsor for the event was the Sanibel Captiva Trust Co., whose chairman and CEO Al Hanser was part of the introductory festivities. Many thanks to our two Gold Level sponsors, Chuck Bergstrom of RE/MAX Realty and Island Piez, and to John Naumann & Associates. Attendees got to enjoy fantastic pizza, donated by Beach Piez and Heart Walk T-shirts generously supplied by John Naumann & Associates for donors of $50 or more.

We sincerely thank our Silver Level Sponsor, Shell Point Retirement Community and our Bronze Level Sponsors, Sanibel Insurance Bank of the Islands, Suncatcher’s Dream, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Homewatch Property Service,s Allison Teger LMHC, Glenn Simmons, VIP Realty, the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida and Dr. Edward LaMotta.

A special thank you to Richard Johnson of Bailey’s General Store which supplied water and heart healthy treats. Thanks are also due to the following who provided support in many ways: the city of Sanibel, its Recreation Center and the fire and rescue and EMS squads, the traffic and parking team from Sanibel Rotary, George and Wendy’s Corner Grill for door prize gift certificates, the Sanibel Sprout, Dan Confrey and his music courtesy of Thank You for the Dance, our guest speaker, Eric Eason, pediatric cardiologist at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and last but far from least, all our participants.

Many thanks to all the generous folks who came for the second time, including the team from Temple Bat Yam. Additional thanks go out to anyone we missed: thank you!

Donated funds made it possible for the American Heart Association to continue its fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers heart disease and stroke. Your donations support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk. In short, the funds are saving lives.

Plan on coming next year and joining the fun. The date and time will be announced later in the year.

The Sanibel/Captiva Heart Walk team and the American Heart Association