The 2017 Southern Tier Heart Walk shattered the goal of $245,000 and for the first time ever went above the $250,000 mark.  The Chairman of the 2017 Southern Tier Heart Walk, Tim Strong, made the announcement last (Monday) night at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Heroes for Heart Awards reception.  Funds raised beat expectations with over $265,000 raised to fight heart disease and stroke.

The largest American Heart Association fund-raising event in the area utilizes monies donated for advocacy, education and research in the battle against heart disease and stroke.  With contributions and donations from last year's event combined with this year the Southern Tier Heart Walk has raised over $500,00.

According to figures provided by the American Heart Association over 2,000 walkers participated in the event held on campus at SUNY Broome.  There were 126 captains who organized walkers to join their teams.  Close to 150 volunteers assisted in various capacities including set-up, course preparation, registration and clean-up.

At the conclusion of the reception it was announced that the date for the 2018 Southern Tier Heart Walk is Sunday, April 8.  The event will once again be held on the SUNY Broome campus.

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