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Updated: September 26, 2022 2022 Giving Guide

American Heart Association

2023 Goals

  • Funding lifesaving, local research with past research funds granted to Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Portland, Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, University of Maine-Orono and others who apply and whose research was deemed meritorious.
  • Inspiring women to take charge of their heart health through the Maine Goes Red statewide awareness campaign which includes an annual Survivor Search to cultivate female spokeswomen for the campaign.
  • Working with Channel 8 WMTW on a monthly “Heart Health 8” series on the 8th of each month featuring local heart disease and stroke survivors, medical experts and wellness professionals to help educate and inspire viewers to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Providing STEM Goes Red experiences for female high schoolers to explore STEM careers - possibly in cardiovascular health - as women are underrepresented in those careers.
  • Improving employee health through workplace wellness programs and Hands-Only CPR education.
  • Teaming up with Maine schools to combat childhood obesity though the Kids Heart Challenge.
  • Providing science-based treatment guidelines to health care professionals to improve patient care.

Fundraising/Event Opportunities


Eric Jermyn


Sarah Belliveau

Go Red for Women® Purse-Onality – Sept. 28, 2022 - Kennebunkport The 6th annual fundraising event will feature a silent auction of themed purses filled with items reflecting donors’ personalities such as work, hobbies or family interests. Hear from special guest speakers to learn more about women’s heart health. National Wear Red Day – Feb. 3, 2023 A simple, one-day fundraiser to increase awareness of heart disease in women while raising funds for research and education. The Association provides all materials for your office. Maine Go Red for Women® Luncheon - March 21, 2023 Chair: Eric Jermyn, President, Employee Benefits, Cross Insurance Learn more about the leading cause of death in women – cardiovascular disease – and how you can save more lives. The event will feature inspirational guest speakers, health experts, a silent auction, and the presentation of two Crystal Heart awards. Maine Heart Walk – May 21, 2023 Chair: Sarah Belliveau, CEO, BerryDunn Join thousands of passionate people touched by heart disease and stroke during the Heart Walk celebration. Help fund lifesaving research as we honor heart disease and stroke survivors in our community. Learn more about cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, inactivity, smoking and high blood pressure.

Giving Opportunities

  • Sponsor the Heart Walk or a Go Red for Women® event, donate an auction item, or participate on an event planning committee.
  • Join the “Circle of Red” or “Men Go Red” group to help combat cardiovascular disease.
  • Give your employees time to participate in a free, online Hands-Only CPR demonstration.
  • Conduct a simple, one-day fundraising event on National Wear Red Day.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Be a “You’re the Cure” Advocate to help educate our legislators on our public policy efforts regarding obesity prevention, heart disease and stroke prevention funding, tobacco control, and health care reform initiatives. FMI:
  • Become an Association spokesperson. Heart disease and stroke survivors are vital to help educate others about the warning signs and symptoms. Health professionals can give a clinical perspective to the Association’s work regarding nutrition, fitness, cholesterol and blood pressure management, tobacco use cessation, and other ways to lower risk. Media training is provided.
  • Join our Maine Board of Directors