FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2012
Francesca Fabile Minas
(206) 834-8611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SEATTLE – The American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate honored KING 5 and Belo Seattle with the 2011-2012 Communications Award for exemplary work in promoting the association’s mission to the local community. The award was given during the affiliate’s volunteer awards dinner, June 4, 2012 in in San Fancisco, Calif.
The Communications Award recognizes a volunteer or group working to promote the positioning of the American Heart Association and its efforts to build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Belo was specifically commended for its promotion and in-kind support for Go Red For Women®, Heart Ball, Heart Walk, and a public education campaign stressing the need to call 9-1-1 during a heart attack or stroke. The AHA also lauded the many volunteers at Belo that donated their time and talents to support the organization, including Pat Costello, vice president and station manager for Belo Seattle, who currently serves as the board president for the AHA Puget Sound.
"Increasing awareness of the steps people can take to battle the number one killer is a vital mission,” said Costello. “This recognition in that effort is very much appreciated because giving back to the communities we serve is important to all of us at Belo.”
“We owe our success as an organization to our volunteers and their passion, ideas, and desire to make a difference,” said Roman Bowser, executive vice president, AHA Western States Affiliate. “ Volunteers truly are the heart of our organization, and every one of them deserves applause and recognition for their work in our communities.”
The Western States Affiliate serves a 10-state region comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. To volunteer in Puget Sound, visit www.heart.org/pugetsound or contact (206) 632-6881.
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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.