Astoria Federal Savings completed its most successful fundraiser for the American Heart Association (AHA), collecting nearly $30,000 for the annual “Go Red for Women” campaign to fight heart disease.
The drive was held in Astoria Federal’s offices and 85 branches across New York, including ones in Queens, Westchester, Nassau, Brooklyn and Suffolk.
On February 4, employees wore red in honor of “National Go Red Day” to raise awareness and rally for the cause.
The bank’s branch in West Hempstead was one of the top performing in the effort, raising nearly $2,000 with help from bighearted employees and customers. Matching gifts were also given by Astoria Federal Savings.
Bay Shore, Great Neck, Lynbrook and Flushing were among the branches that reached the $500 level.
Funds are used by the AHA to support research about heart health and for educational programs to give women the knowledge they need to fight heart disease and protect their health.
“The response we had was incredible. We thank everyone who contributed and joined us in showing their commitment to better heart health,” said Astoria Federal Savings Senior VP/Director of Marketing Brian Edwards.
AHA called the campaign, “A passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.” It encourages awareness to the issue of heart disease and for women to unite in the fight to save lives. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in women.
Astoria Federal is the leading corporate fundraiser on Long Island for the “Go Red” campaign and is one of the top corporations overall for the effort in the northeastern states.