Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Turnout for Fairhope's 'Heart Walk'

Fairhope, Alabama

2014 Heart Walk
The annual fundraising event sponsored by local chapters of the American Heart Association was yesterday morning at the pier; popular television personality Lenise Ligon presided as master of ceremonies. (video at bottom)

According to the Association's website:

"The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 3 killers - heart disease and stroke.
Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family."
Over 100 teams comprised of individuals from various businesses and other organizations across Mobile and Baldwin counties participated.

The individual team members sought sponsors from their friends and associates; this years efforts raised over $320K in total.

The 'Walking Geeks' team from the University of South Alabama came out on top with $4,774.


Fairhope "Legends"
The city's team organized by Pandora Heathcoe raised $2,764; the bulk coming from sponsors for city clerk Lisa Hanks -- who dedicated her efforts to grandmother 'Nana'.

In addition to Heathcoe and Hanks -- Mayor Kant, Jennifer Fidler, Dan Ames and other employees participated.

The Legends team was the fifth-biggest fundraiser; Hank's total of $2,015, the second largest by any individual this year.

Their efforts were dedicated to 85 year old part-time employee Tod Jonson who has had several heart attacks in the past four years.

Jonson mans the entrance booth to the beach-area during summer months.

During a brief statement, Jonson emphasized exercise, breathing properly and drinking plenty of water as preventatives.  

S. Pier Park, Fairhope Al.

Lisa Hanks, Fairhope city clerk

Tod Jonson

Jonson, Lenise Ligon

warming up for the walk


Anonymous said...

Mayor's lost some weight. Din't he have a heart valve replaced to?

Anonymous said...

legends in their own minds, maybe ...... :)