Western Farm Show Donates $9,500 to Support American Heart Association Kansas City Heart Walk

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Success of annual agricultural show made this donation possible

The Western Farm Show is very proud to support the important work of the American Heart Association in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The success of the recent 2013 Western Farm Show is helping the American Heart Association - Kansas City promote heart health and save lives.

Ken Dean, Western Farm Show Manager, said the show is donating $9,500 to support the organization’s “Kansas City Heart Walk” to be held Saturday, May 18, at Theis Park. The donation is based on a percentage of booth income from the annual agricultural event, which was held in February at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City.

“The Western Farm Show is very proud to support the important work of the American Heart Association in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” Dean said. “We’re very grateful for the support of our more than 500 Western Farm Show exhibitors and thousands of attendees who made this donation possible.”

“Heart of Ag” was the theme of this year’s Western Farm Show, reflecting the show’s central location in America’s agricultural heartland, its long-standing commitment of hosting a regional agricultural show focused on all aspects of production agriculture and its new relationship with the American Heart Association.

At the show, the American Heart Association conducted a cardiovascular health exhibit in the Health & Safety Roundup area, where attendees had the opportunity to learn about improving their heart health score by following healthy lifestyle habits, while also gaining lifesaving information about hands-only “Friends and Family” CPR.

“We thank the Western Farm Show for its very generous contribution, which will support education and research to help prevent heart disease and stroke in the Kansas City area,” said Angie Galindo, American Heart Association Metro Executive Director. “Every dollar counts and this donation will help us reach our $1 million Heart Walk goal.”

Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to get America moving. The Heart Walk is a non-competitive walk that celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund lifesaving research and education, advocate for health and save lives. For more information, visit http://www.kcheartwalk.org.

Dean noted that planning is already underway for the 2014 Western Farm Show, scheduled Feb. 21-23 at the American Royal. Once again, the show, which is produced by the SouthWestern Association, will feature one of the largest indoor displays of farm equipment in the Midwest, along with the Championship Tractor Pull, the Health & Safety Roundup, NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, FFA Day and Family Living Center. For more information, visit http://www.westernfarmshow.com. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WesternFarmShow and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westernfarmshow.

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