Friends of Glastonbury Rowing, Inc.
Friends of Glastonbury Rowing, Inc.

Pulling for Pulse  

The Glastonbury Crew Team and FOGRI are excited to announce the "Pulling for Pulse" Campaign. Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the #1 causes of death in Connecticut. This fundraiser is to designed to raise heart health awareness in our community as well as to fund the purchase of 2 new racing shells for our crew team.

Our Mission

To promote awareness for heart disease in Glastonbury, present charitable donations to support the American Heart Association's research, education and community outreach efforts, to fund Glastonbury Heart Health Initiatives such as AEDs and training, and to provide GHS Crew with new racing shells honoring those whose lives have been affected by heart disease and those who live heart healthy lives.

 

Our Plan

To schedule events in our community to provide CPR training and heart health awareness.
To fundraise in support of promoting heart health in our community, purchase two fully equipped 4 person custom rowing shells, while making a cash donation to the American Heart Association
 

Our Progress

The 1st of the 2 rowing shells was fabricated for the Girls Team by Vespoli and painted by Alan Pastrana at Pastrana Unlimited.  Alan, who painted Valor, has customized the boat to highlight the campaign's "Heart Health" focus with a distinctive EKG waterline and some beautiful deck artwork. It was Christened by Reverend Allen on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The first AED was installed at the Glastonbury Boat House in the boat bays and a second AED will travel with the Crew Team for practices and regattas. A $1000 donation was also made in 2017 to the American Heart Association. Additionally, a CPR dummy and practice AED were purchased for training.  We are currently fundraising for the 2nd shell for the Boys Team and Pulling For Pulse clothing will be on sale at regattas.  

 

Please consider being an individual or corporate sponsor and recognize someone with their name on a rowing shell.  You can add the name of a heart disease honoree on a crew shell at the $300 donation level.  Corporate donation level options provide different levels of visibility.

 

HONOREES

Ross Baker
Kenneth G. Boll
Caitlin Costello
Ginger Crawford
Graham A. Crawford
​Harriet W. Crawford
The Crider Family
Lucie Carstens Daly
​Arthur Director
​​Jill Ferguson
Hannah Ferraro
Mel Flaherty
Anthony T. Impronto
Julie Kamis

John Keefe

Mildred M. Kirsch

​Gustav A. Kirsch
David S. Lawrence, MD
Amy Lelasher
Ronnie Marone
Eleanor Miller
​​Indu Patel
​Jayden Pastrana
​Hulda B. Peterson
Brian A. F. Rooney
​Dr. Paul Thompson
Stefanie Trzcinski​
Megan Kelsey Vredenburg
 
 

CORPORATE SPONSORS

GLASTONBURY FAMILY DENTAL
RISINGER ORTHODONTICS
​CONSULTING CARDIOLOGIST, PC
BROWN PAINDIRIS & SCOTT LLP
​MIDDLESEX CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES
PROHEALTH PHYSICIANS
​JACONETTA, BURNHAM & WIMER​
GLASTONBURY ROTARY CLUB
BOURDON FORGE
​MONACO FORD
BIRCH HILL TAVERN
CYCLING CONCEPTS
MEXIPHO
MOE'S GRILL
HIGHLAND PARK MARKET
GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY
FIRST NIAGARA BANK
​CONNECTICUT LIGHTING CENTER
D DUBALDO ELECTRIC
 
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QUICK FACTS

  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined
  • Every 3 days, another young athlete in the US dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)​
  • Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the U.S. - killing over 375,000 people a year.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

KNOW THE RISK FACTORS OF HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

  • Smoking - 15 percent of students grades 9-12 report being current smokers.
  • Physical Activity - Among students in grades 9-12, only about 27% meet the American Heart Association's recommendation of 60 minutes of exercise every day.
  • Healthy Diet - Less than 1% of U.S. adults meet the American Heart Association's definition for "Ideal Healthy Diet."
  • Overweight/Obesity - Most Americans older than 20 are overweight or obese.
  • Cholesterol - About 43% of Americans have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher.
  • High Blood Pressure - 33% of U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
  • Blood Sugar/Diabetes - Almost 9% of Americans have diagnosed diabetes and 35% have pre-diabetes.