KANSAS CITY, December 18, 2023 — As plans are underway for the 2024 Kansas City Heart Ball, Garen Armstrong, Executive Director of Shamrock Roofing has been named chair of this year’s campaign. The Heart Ball celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of Kansas City, a year-round effort aimed at investing in and saving and improving lives in the Kansas City area.
For 100 years the American Heart Association has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy communities. The Kansas City Heart Ball has been a premier gala in the metro, raising vital funds to ensure equitable health, fund critical research and support lifesaving work.
“Garen exemplifies true leadership and commitment as a dedicated volunteer, survivor and business owner here in Kansas City and is the ideal person to head our Heart Ball campaign. As a heart transplant survivor, he understands the impact the mission and work of the American Heart Association can have on every person who lives in this area. We welcome Garen to the Heart of Kansas City, an initiative that centers around better health for every individual by focusing on critical issues and work to equitably improve and save lives,” says Dr. Heath Wilt, American Heart Association Kansas City Board of Directors President.
Garen Armstrong is a series entrepreneur and servant leader in the community. Shamrock Roofing was started by Armstrong’s dad in 1977 as a small business. When his dad passed away in 2016, Armstrong took over, aiming to be the biggest roofing contractor in Kansas City. Since then, the company has expanded to five other locations throughout the Midwest. Armstrong has experienced many setbacks during his career, including going into heart failure in 2018, waiting for a heart transplant for nearly 3 years and some complications following a transplant. In addition to being a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Armstrong also gives his time to Cars4Heroes, Friends of Service Heroes, and started Roof4Heroes, where he provides veterans and first responders in need of help.
“I am honored to serve as Chair of the 2024 Kansas City Heart Ball,” said Armstrong. “As a survivor, I have been given a new lease on life and am even more determined to give back to those that saved my life. I am eager to work with an outstanding team of volunteers and the American Heart Association, advocating to make a difference in the overall health of Kansas City.”
The 2024 Kansas City Heart Ball is sponsored by Shamrock Roofing, Lockton, ABC Supply Company Inc., AtriCure, Control Service Company, Forvis, IMA, JE Dunn Construction, Kiewit, North Kansas City Hospital Meritas Health and PCG Performance Contracting Group. The Heart Ball is slated for February 24th at 6 PM at the Loews Kansas City Hotel. The annual event is a night to celebrate the association’s year-round efforts to drive health equity in Kansas City. 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 live and silent auction. For more information on how to support or attend the Kansas City Heart Ball, visit www.heart.org/kcheartball.
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, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.