YOUNGSTOWN, OH, Oct. 4, 2023 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, will host Its annual Heart of Tri-County Heart Ball on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Eastwood Event Centre in Niles. The celebration is the culmination of the Association’s year-long work through the Heart of Tri-County campaign that is focused on funding research, education, and raising critical funds to support the lifesaving work of the organization. The Signature Sponsors of this year’s Tri-County Heart Ball are Premier Bank and Cafaro Foundation.

Co-chairs of this year’s Heart Ball are Mark Mediate of Premier Bank and Lisa Mariotti of Grainger who said yes to leading this campaign because of their personal connection to heart disease.

“Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, and my family has been heavily impacted by heart issues,” says co-chair Mark Mediate. We are passionate about the well-being of our community and want to do everything we can to spread awareness about the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and when to take action.”

“We are honored to support the work of American Heart Association and committed to preventing cardiovascular disease,” says Lisa Mariotti. We want to make sure that everyone “knows their numbers”, including blood pressure. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer but can be prevented with medication and lifestyle changes. We want to do all we can to prevent more heart-related deaths across the country, and right here in our own community.”

More than 126,000 people in the Tri-County area have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Left undetected, or uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to several health issues including heart attacks and stroke.  Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, many of which don’t even know they have it because there are no obvious symptoms. 

The dollars raised through the Heart of Tri-County campaign fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while supporting priority critical issues in the Tri-County Area including blood pressure programs and Hands-Only CPR education and training, all supporting the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to healthcare access and quality.  

The Heart of Tri-County Heart Ball will be hosted by WFMJ’s Derek Steyer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. A formal dinner and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a live auction and Open Your Heart special appeal.

To learn more about the Tri-County Heart Ball, purchase tickets, or to donate, visit


For more information about CPR:
American Heart Association CPR & First Aid

For more information about Heart Attack & Stroke:
Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest Symptoms | American Heart Association

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, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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