EY Greenville managing partner to lead local effort driving equitable health

GREENVILLE, SC, December 11, 2023 — The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, is excited to announce that plans are underway for the 2024 Upstate Heart Ball. Jessica and Michael Donan have been named Co-chairs of this year’s community-wide campaign. The Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of the Upstate, a year-round effort aimed at investing in, saving, and improving lives in the local community.

“Michael and I are honored to serve as the Co-chairpersons of the 2024 Upstate Heart Ball,” said Jessica Donan, EY Greenville, managing partner. “My family has experienced firsthand the impact of heart disease, and the American Heart Association is an organization that has become near and dear to our hearts. We are eager to work together with all the outstanding American Heart Association volunteers and staff as we all advocate to make a difference in the well-being of people in this community. Together, we must continue to strive to do whatever we can to make a lasting impact on our community’s health and our ability to respond in the event of a cardiovascular emergency. I’m grateful for the American Heart Association’s work in creating a Nation of Lifesavers equipped with the knowledge of CPR, and I look forward to furthering that work through support of the Heart Ball,” she said.

The 2024 Upstate Heart Ball is May 11, 2024, at the Greenville Convention Center. The annual event is a night to celebrate the Association’s year-round efforts to drive health equity in the Upstate. This year’s campaign is specifically focused on educating the community on lifesaving CPR to ensure more neighbors have the chance to live a full and healthy life. Throughout the evening the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health, will honor volunteers and patrons, feature stories of survivors, and entertain guests with dinner, dancing, and an exciting auction.

“Jessica exemplifies true leadership and commitment as a community leader here in the Upstate and is the ideal person to head our Heart Ball campaign in the centennial year of the Association. As a trusted member of this community, she understands the impact,mission and work of the American Heart Association can have on every person who lives in this area. We welcome Jessica and her husband, Michael, to the Heart of the Upstate, an initiative that centers around better health for every individual by focusing on critical issues and work to equitably improve and save lives,” says Kelly Wilkins, executive director, American Heart Association, Upstate.

For more information on how to support or attend the Upstate Heart Ball, visit here or contact UpstateAHA@heart.org

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

 

For Media Inquiries:

Mattie Lee: mattie.lee@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

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