Organizers from the American Heart Association welcomed a group of 60 volunteers to a kickoff reception last night at the Broome County Public Library in Binghamton.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Southern Tier Heart Walk.and there are plans  to make it the biggest Heart Walk ever.

The American Heart Association has set a goal of raising $250,000 from this year's event.  Last night volunteers heard about different aspects of participation.  Team captains and others in attendance learned about the mission of the American Heart Association, Fundraising, Online Tools, Goal setting and more.

This year's walk will again be held on-campus at Binghamton University.  For the first time in a number of years the event will be held on Saturday.   The date is May 3rd.  Heart Healthy exhibits, healthy food and snacks, entertainment and informational displays along with registration will begin at 8 AM.  The Opening Ceremony is set for 9:30 AM with the Heart Walk scheduled to start at 10 AM.

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Over the past 24 years the Southern Tier Heart Walk has raised over $3,000,000 to fund life-saving research, improve patient care and advocate for better health.  Everyone is encouraged to walk, organize a team or pledge a contribution to help fight heart disease and stroke.