The American Heart Association honored sponsors, volunteers and walkers who helped raise $200,000 in this year's 24th annual Heart Walk held in April at Binghamton University.  The program and awards ceremony were held at Mad Moose, 53 Chenango Street in Binghamton.

Various businesses and volunteers received certificates and plaques recognizing their efforts in helping in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  Lourdes Hospital captured corporate team honors raising $22,858 while UHS raised $13,600 and Weis Markets raised $11,243.

"Team Wayne and Irene" paced community team fund-raising efforts with $5,144.  Christa Ceiri headed up her team's effort. Led by Heather Hauer-Ross  "In Memory of Chris Hauer" finished second with $1430 in contributions  and "Eff'n Amaze led by Inspirational Honoree Lisa Iannone secured third place by raising $1015.

Jump Rope for Heart plays a big role in raising money to fight heart disease and stroke and helps keep school children in better shape, too.  The top school in Broome County in this category is Port Dickinson Elementary School.  Kevin Novotny and his students raised $7,619.

The American Heart Association also selects a "Volunteer of the Year" This year's award goes to Jeff Greenblott.  Greenblott from Colonial Voluntary Benefits was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Logistics Committee in his first year of involvement with the Heart Walk.

Next year's Heart Walk will move from a Sunday to a Saturday and will once again be held at Binghamton University. The date for the 25th anniversary of the Southern Tier Heart Walk is May 3rd.  Additional information can be obtained at: