Employees from Newport Beach-based McCarthy Building Cos. have shown their commitment to healthy hearts by donating to the fight against cardiovascular disease.
About 140 McCarthy employees, who want to help keep heart disease and strokes from affecting their communities, recently raised $74,710 for the American Heart Association’s 2013 Orange County Heart Walk held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on Feb. 3, the company announced Tuesday.
Joel Nasers, McCarthy's senior preconstruction director, personally raised $31,700 in donations and was the walk’s top individual fundraiser.
“They not only help fund cures and treatment for heart disease and stroke, but they also focus on disease prevention and lifestyle improvement, which plays a big part in saving lives," Michael Bolen, McCarthy's CEO and chairman of the walk's board of directors, said about AHA in a released statement. "I love seeing so many families, friends and coworkers out in full force pounding the pavement on walk day, knowing we all are helping to make significant strides in the fight against heart disease.”
A record total of $1.6 million was raised at this year’s Orange County Heart Walk. Since 2004 McCarthy has raised more than $626,000 for the walk.
Melissa Wilimas, executive director the American Heart Association's Orange County division, says McCarthy's fundraising efforts serve as a great role model to the community.
“We are greatly in need of companies like McCarthy who are supporting us through volunteer efforts and fundraising," Wilimas said. "Every dollar raised at the Heart Walk means another dollar toward research, another discovery down the line and another life saved.”