Local companies help American Heart Association raise nearly $400,000

(Left) Kaneka North America top Heart Walk sponsors. (Right) Memorial Hermann Southeast’s Rebecca Lilley served as Heart Walk Co-Chair.

(Left) Kaneka North America top Heart Walk sponsors. (Right) Memorial Hermann Southeast’s Rebecca Lilley served as Heart Walk Co-Chair.

Chilly winds, and an earlier start time, didn’t keep 2,000 participants from hitting the pavement at Kemah Boardwalk to participate in the non-competitive, three mile Bay Area Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 14, hosted by the American Heart Association.

The event, chaired by Steve Skarke of Kaneka North America and Rebecca Lilley of Memorial Hermann Southeast, was sponsored by three local companies: Hunt & Hunt, LTD., LyondellBasell, and Houston Methodist San Jacinto. A total of $385,145 was raised for the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Memorial Hermann Southeast came in as the top fundraising company, raising nearly $26,000 for the Heart Walk.  Kaneka North America came in second place, while CHI St. Luke’s raised nearly $20,000.  Indira Feustel came in as the Heart Walk’s top individual fundraiser with $20,007 raised.

Houston Methodist St. John, Merrill Lynch, DOW Chemical, Ascend Performance, Kindred Hospital Systems, CHI St. Luke’s Health, ISC Constructors, Lockheed Martin, Kroger, Nestle, and Acadian EMS were also Heart Walk sponsors and Bay Area Houston Magazine and Houston Community Newspapers Bay Area Citizen were the event’s media partners.

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