Mequon resident and Hillenbrand CFO Bob VanHimbergen will serve as this year’s Heart of Milwaukee campaign chairman, the Milwaukee American Heart Association announced this week.

The Heart of Milwaukee is a year-round campaign that brings the work of the AHA to life and focuses on the mission-critical work done in the community. The campaign culminates at the Heart and Stroke Ball, set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Pfister Hotel, in Milwaukee.

During his tenure as chair, VanHimbergen plans to focus on removing barriers so that everyone can have access to medical care as he works alongside the AHA to build longer, healthier lives in our community.

“I’ve seen how heart disease has impacted my family and friends,” he said. “That means birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and all of life’s moments were disrupted. I’m chairing the 2023 Heart of Milwaukee campaign to interrupt the disruption.

“What does disruption look like? With the American Heart Association, we can remove barriers so everyone has access to care – no matter who they are, where they live or their socioeconomic status. Let’s provide resources so we can help families build healthier lives. Let’s help the community understand their No. 1 threat – heart disease – and steps they can take to prevent it.”

VanHimbergen said he’s committed to doing what he can to help the AHA continue to move its mission forward.

“I want to be part of the future progress,” he said. “And, once we interrupt the disruption, more people will be there for their loved ones’ birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and all of life’s moments.”

Milwaukee American Heart Association Executive Director Katie Connolly said she’s excited to have VanHimbergen at the front of the campaign.

“Bob is an excellent person to lead this effort,” she said. “His passion and commitment to the American Heart Association’s mission certainly will shine through during this campaign. We look forward to working closely with Bob, and we can’t wait for the gala next February.”

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