ABC Founder Honored at New York City Heart Ball
The American Heart Association (AHA) has honored ABC Founder Dr. Richard Allen Williams as a "Heart and Stroke Lifesaver" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
On June 26, more than 700 people from the New York medical and business communities gathered at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers for the black-tie event to honor those making a difference and raise funds needed to support the AHA's lifesaving research, education, and community-based initiatives. This year's event helped to raise $2 million in support of those goals.
Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dr. Williams has been a visible proponent of improvements in healthcare delivery, the elimination of health disparities and the education of healthcare professionals and the public about the need to focus resources on the prevention and reduction of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. A significant milestone for Dr. Williams was establishing the Association of Black Cardiologists in 1974, in collaboration with the AHA, to address the high rates of cardiovascular disease in the black community. This active partnership has served as the storefront for ongoing research, education, advocacy and community outreach initiatives for the past 39 years.
View photos of the NYC Heart Ball at Guest of a Guest