An Altoona-based real estate agent has been recognized by the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to a world of healthier lives for all, for his dedication and contributions in the fight against killer no. 1 of women in Blair County.
Kerry Gority, realtor at John Hill Real Estate in Altoona, has been named the 2022 winner of the Blair Go Red for Women Woman of Impact Award.
This award is given to Gority for earning the most points for her community impact activities and leading her team to raise over $5,200 in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.
Each year, a group of local women are nominated by their peers to embark on a nine-week journey starting in February to compete for the local prize through a collective series of fundraising and community impact activities.
Collectively, this year’s Blair Woman of Impact nominees and their teams took action to educate and improve the health of their communities and raised more than $13,000 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.
Along with Gority, the six nominees included:
n Chelsi Tedeschi, owner of the Blair School of Martial Arts — 2022 Woman of Impact finalist.
n Kelly Campagna, RN, Director of Business Development, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.
n Taci Geller, Community Liaison, Grane Hospice.
n Angela Guyer, BSN, RN, Stroke Program Unit Director and Stroke Coordinator, UPMC Altoona.
n Amy Kowalski, MSN, RN, CSN, DNP-S, Nursing Instructor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Penn State Altoona.
“We are so grateful to Kerry and all of our nominees for their work in elevating the Go Red for Women message and raising critical funds in support of our mission,” said Tommi Burchfield, head of strategic partnerships at Personal Care Medical Associates and chair of the 2022 Blair Go Red for Women campaign.
“We’ve made great strides in raising awareness about women’s heart health, but our work is far from done. Research published by Go Red for Women shows that young women in particular may still be unaware of their risk of heart disease and stroke.
All of the Woman of Impact nominees will be recognized for their efforts at the Blair Go Red for Women 2022 event and fashion show on Thursday,
May 26 at the Blair County Convention Center.
Those interested in getting involved can visit blairgored.heart.org.