Got Heart?

February is American Heart Month.  Over the last few weeks, many of our citizens have participated in “National Wear Red Day,” have purchased red hearts and bracelets, paid for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on Fridays, and otherwise shown their support for the fight against America’s number-one killer.

The City of Sumter has participated in all of these efforts, but our dedicated employeessongs-for-the-heart-flyer-2013 are taking it a step further.  We are celebrating the conclusion of another successful campaign with two events scheduled for this weekend:  “Songs for the Heart” on Friday, March 1, 2013, followed by the Sumter County Heart Walk on Saturday, March 2.

“Songs for the Heart” is a showcase for City employees, and we have some very talented ones among us!   Starting at 7 p.m. at the Sumter Opera House, the evening’s performances will include a variety of song and dance.  Expect to be moved and entertained, as several participants share personal stories of how heart disease has touched their lives.  There will be additional performances by 2012 winner Amanda Wiley, and Howie Owens, who was voted “Audience Favorite.”

Painting-for-Heart-WalkAdmission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.   Tickets are available now at the Swan Lake Visitors Center (call 436-2640), or at the door on the night of the show.  Please support this important fundraiser as members of the City family put down their professional demeanor for the evening and strut their stuff for your enjoyment!  The Opera House is located at 21 North Main Street.

On Saturday, March 2, registration for the Sumter County Heart Walk will begin at 8 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 in front of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce at 32 E. Calhoun Street.

In 2012, Sumter’s community-wide efforts raised more than $200,000 for the fight against heart disease.  With your participation, this year we can take it over the top.  For more information about heart disease, prevention efforts, and what you can do to get involved, please visit the American Heart Association website here.

Got heart?  Let’s see it! 

by Colette Daniels

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