As I sit down to write this, I’m still on a little bit of a high—have a racing heart, if you will—from the success of Saturday’s HeartChase event on the UNK campus. I saw many of you there and I hope you agree that it was great!
I have a fondness for the work the American Heart Association does, and when I heard about an opportunity to host one of the nation’s very first HeartChase events right here in Kearney, I jumped at the chance. Now, me jumping all by myself sure wouldn’t have gotten us very far. Fortunately for everyone involved, a top notch committee at GSH stepped up to the challenge of launching HeartChase and I couldn’t be more pleased.
In all, 30 teams participated in this Amazing Race/Minute-to-Win-It fundraiser that brought in $20,000 in sponsorships alone! (Final dollar amounts aren’t quite available yet.) The best part is that the money HeartChase raises for the American Heart Association comes back to our community in the form of CPR training, emergency preparedness, cardiac health education and more. The event went so well that we look for it to be an annual event in Kearney!
I have so many hearty (pardon the pun) thanks to pass along and I’ll apologize in advance if I miss anyone. First, thank you, thank you, thank you to the HeartChase planning committee for your tireless efforts to make this event so successful—and so much fun. Those folks are: Bill Bonner, Claressa Millsap, Doug Wulf, Kimber Bonner, Tim Hoffman, Josh Hanshaw, Leila Jobman, Stephanie Kee, Cindy Pickel, Peggi Jenkins, Julia Rodehorst, Tiffany Young, Rob Cunningham, Jan Hankey, Tom McLeod, Kathy Ortegren, Todd Stover, Crystal Shield, Janelle Kircher, Randall Defreece, Sherri Miner and Shelly Jorges.
I also want to thank cardiologists Dr. Dan McGowan for providing emcee services to get us started at the event, and Dr. Alain Efstratiou for announcing our winners. The presence of cardiac specialists at this heart-focused event was very meaningful. Thanks also go to Subway and Apple Market for providing a heart-healthy lunch at the event.
And winners. Yes! There were winners: First place went to RNN and second went to emERgency. Both of these teams were made up of GSH employees!
Now to the really fun part—pictures! Here are just a few photos from the event. It really was a lot of fun! For more, check out Kearney HeartChase’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kearneyheartchase.