The Fall River Children’s Healthy Heart Festival at the Boys and Girls Club on July 25th could not have turned out any better!  Hundreds of kids and their parents enjoyed the day’s events, from dance classes, to face painting, to arts and crafts with the Fall River Children’s Museum, to fun physical challenges.  Families were able to benefit from 14 different local and national health-related organizations that shared their resources with the community, and healthy snacks were on hand for all.  Miss Massachusetts 2009, Amanda Kelly; Miss Bristol County 2009, Brett Bimmler; and Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen, Brianna Bostick attended the event, along with various local and state politicians.  We gave away a Wii, iPods, trampoline, scooters, and tons of sports equipment to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and the adults had their own raffle supported mainly by gift certificates from great local businesses. In addition, we were able to donate Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to both the Boys and Girls Club and St. Vincent’s Home.


The focus of the event was the CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Quilt Awareness Project.  50+ quilts were displayed for all to see and reflect on the children for whom this project was created.  All the squares on the quilts have been made in memory or support of a child with a heart defect, and tremendous awareness was able to be raised at the event regarding CHD and its impact.


I can’t say thank you enough to all our volunteers and supporters in helping to make this day incredible!!


Please support our sponsors: Click into the Picture,  and Click in Again When the Next Page Appears



Check out the articles below!

Fall River Spirit: A Show of Heart – Awareness Raised on a Local Level through National CHD Quilt Project

Fall River Spirit: National Quilt Project to Be Focus of Children’s Healthy Heart Festival This Saturday

Fall River Herald News: Gagne Still Advocating for Heart Health

sdc11281small  sdc11282small 

sdc11283small  sdc11285