Despite being postponed because of Hurricane Irma, the American Heart Association’s 2017 First Coast Heart Walk raised about $1.5 million.
The total was short of the $1.75 million goal for this year, but $100,000 higher than the $1.4 million collected in 2016, according to the association.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 17, the Metropolitan Park event was moved to Nov. 19.
About 12,000 people participated, compared to about 25,000 last year, said Lisa Craig, spokeswoman for the association’s First Coast affiliate. To have that many people attend a fundraiser on the Sunday before Thanksgiving was “incredible to …see,” she said.
Web.com, whose CEO, David Brown, chaired the walk, was the top fundraising company this year, with $223,640. Coming in second was Stein Mart, with $211,964, followed by Johnson & Johnson Vision with $201,681, according to the event website.
Proceeds go to the Dallas-based association, which funds research, advocates for stronger public health policies and provide tools and information to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke.
Donations are ongoing. To donate or get more information, go firstcoastheartwalk.org.
Beth Reese Cravey: (904) 359-4109