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Virtual Heart Ball raises $200,000

HEART BALL RAISES $200,000: The American Heart Association’s first Virtual Tri-County Heart Ball raised more than $200,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

The event brought Vegas to more than 200 Tri-County homes, with overall attendance topping 500.

The virtual event, held on May 21, paid tribute to American Heart Association team member Nick McGahagan, who died in March. He accepted a development director position with the American Heart Association in Youngstown last May.

A video highlighted the area’s heart children since 1968. The 2020 Heart Hero, Wesley Franklin, and his parents, Will and Jessica, shared their story.

To donate to the 2020 Tri-County Virtual Heart Ball campaign, visit heart.org/tri countyheartball.

PET FOOD GIVEAWAY: The Young Professionals Network of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and Warren Area Board of Realtors are partnering with Every Dog Matters Rescue Group to give dog and cat food donations to members of the local community.

The giveaway will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 6329 Market St., Boardman.

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