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Local American Heart Association chapter honors Sterling Jewelers

2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate
DOWNTOWN AKRON — At the Heart Ball Feb. 9, Sterling Jewelers Inc. was recognized for its contributions to the community in the area of cardiovascular research and education in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) Great Rivers Affiliate, which serves the Akron, Canton and Youngstown areas.

“We are very proud to be recognized by the Akron American Heart Association for our continued efforts in support of the important work of the organization,” said George Murray, senior vice president of marketing at Sterling Jewelers Inc. and a board member for the local chapter. “Our partnership with the Akron American Heart Association is one more example of our commitment to the people and communities in which we do business.”

Murray is shown at right receiving an award for Sterling’s quarter-century commitment to improving heart health through the support of research and education with the AHA. 2013 Heart Ball co-chairs Dr. Kevin Silver and Sharon Silver are pictured presenting Murray with the award.

For more than 25 years, Sterling has assisted the local chapter through event sponsorship, employee giving and support of the Open Your Heart special appeal, which invites attendees of the Akron Heart Ball to give in support of children’s heart research.

In addition, in the early 2000s, Sterling Jewelers’ support of the Open Your Heart special appeal helped secure the inclusion of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in important areas such as schools and in first-responder vehicles, according to AHA officials.

“Sterling Jewelers is an extraordinary partner for the American Heart Association’s research and education programs, and we are grateful for the impact they have made in this community,” said Alice Luse, regional director for the AHA.

As part of the 2006 Akron Heart Ball, Sterling Jewelers was recognized as the Distinguished Corporate Leader for its contribution to the mission of the AHA. Various leaders at the company have been involved in AHA efforts throughout the years, including President and CEO Mark Light, who was a member of the local AHA Board of trustees from 2003 to 2012, and who also chaired the Akron Heart Ball sponsorship committee for several years.

In addition to its local efforts in partnership with the local AHA and other charitable organizations, Sterling Jewelers also supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on a national level, according to AHA officials.

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