The American Heart Association Puget Sound will be hosting a CEO Event on Thursday, May 19 at the Golf Club at Newcastle, to share the mission of the American Heart Association with executive leadership and to engage them and their companies in Heart Walk, the American Heart Association’s national initiative focused on physical activity.

In partnership with Maserati of Seattle, this event will be a unique experience that attendees will not soon forget.  The event is a call to action to put CEOs in the driver’s seat and steer our community towards better health. Maserati of Seattle vehicles will be on-site for test drives and a chauffeured experience in a Maserati of Seattle vehicle will be awarded as a door prize at the event.

The Heart Walk Executive Leadership team will encourage attendees to become a Fit Friendly company, sponsor and participate as a 2011 Heart Walk team, and raise the necessary funds to support life-saving research.

“My life was saved after a sudden cardiac arrest, in part because of the great work being done by the American Heart Association. My mission going forward is to help lead the effort to further education, research and funding so that citizens of our community can avoid what happened to me,” said Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction.  “The Heart Walk is a great way to increase awareness of heart disease throughout our region and to raise much needed funding.”

The Puget Sound Heart Walk will be held Saturday, October 15 at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion and is sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Philips. This is the largest community event for the local American Heart Association, and is a non-competitive walk with a three-mile route that winds through Downtown Seattle, and a one-mile option for survivors. This year’s fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $1.65 million in walker donations and sponsorship, is led by volunteer chair Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction.

Donations raised through the Heart Walk support the American Heart Association’s overall goal of advancing medical discoveries and focusing on prevention to reduce the number of lives affected by heart disease and stroke – currently the No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death.

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