NASHVILLE, November 11, 2023 — As plans are underway for the 2024 Middle Tennessee Heart Gala, Ken Marlow, partner at K&L Gates and Greg Maczko, associate at Bass Berry & Sims have been named co-chairs of this year’s community-wide campaign. The Heart Gala celebrates progress made through the dedication and passion of all who support the American Heart Association’s Heart of Middle Tennessee, a year-round effort aimed at investing in and saving and improving lives in the community.

“Ken and Greg exemplify true leadership and commitment as dedicated lawyers here in Middle Tennessee and are the ideal people to head our Heart Gala campaign. As trusted members of this community, they understand the impact the mission and work of the American Heart Association can have on every person who lives in this area. We welcome Ken and Greg to the Heart of Middle Tennessee, an initiative that centers around better health for every individual by focusing on critical issues and work to equitably improve and save lives,” says Annie Thornhill, American Heart Association Middle Tennessee executive director.

Greg Maczko has been an associate in Bass Berry & Sims’ Healthcare practice group since 2021. He is a graduate of Belmont University and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif. Prior to becoming an attorney, he spent several years representing luxury retail brands David Yurman and Tiffany & Co. He currently serves as Vice President and on the Board of Directors for Stonewall Bar Association of Tennessee.

Ken Marlow is a senior partner that specializes in healthcare mergers and acquisitions at the international law firm K&L Gates LLP.  He also serves as chair of the firm’s global healthcare industry group and sits on its global Diversity Committee. Ken has served on the Executive Leadership Team for the Middle Tennessee Heart Gala for the last three years and has been a long supporter of the work of the American Heart Association.

“Greg and I are honored to serve as Co-chairs of the 2024 Middle Tennessee Heart Gala,” said Marlow. “We are eager to work together with our outstanding team of volunteers and the American Heart Association 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 the next century to drive equitable health for all.”

The 2024 Middle Tennessee Heart Gala is sponsored by Lifepoint Health and slated for Saturday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame. Other event sponsors include HCA, K&L Gates LLP, TeamHealth, Ascension Saint Thomas, Community Healthcare Trust, Jarrad Phillips Cate and Hancock, Inc., Ardent Health Services and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

This year’s campaign is specifically focused on tackling health equity 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 exciting live and silent auctions. For more information on how to support or attend the Middle Tennessee Heart Gala, visit




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