Katie and Chris Harrison to co-chair 2022 Upstate Heart Ball

Katie and Chris pictured with their children Penelope and Duke

Katie and Chris pictured with their children Penelope and Duke

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, has named Katie and Chris Harrison as co-chairs of the 2022 Upstate Heart Ball campaign. In this role, the Harrisons will focus on driving equitable health for every member of our community while raising critical funds to support the lifesaving work of the organization.


“As Greenville natives with strong ties to our community, we are excited to join hands with the American Heart Association in building a healthier Upstate for all,” said Chris Harrison, Senior Associate with NAI Earle Furman. “Our goal is to extend the work of the AHA beyond the ballroom by addressing health inequities and funding lifesaving research that will make a lasting impact on the lives of our family, friends and neighbors”.

The Harrisons, who previously served as silent auction co-chairs for the heart ball, are leading a year-long campaign, culminating at the annual Upstate Heart Ball celebration on May 21 at the Greenville Convention Center. The event unites the community in celebrating progress toward equitable health and honoring survivors of heart disease and stroke.

“Katie and Chris bring an incredible energy and passion to our campaign” said Kelly Wilkins, Executive Director of the American Heart Association. “We are thrilled to have their experience, conviction and enthusiasm to help raise critical funds to advance the science and the policies that will lead to a healthier community for all”.

The dollars raised by the Upstate Heart Ball campaign fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while supporting priority issues in the Upstate. High blood pressure, nutrition security, and tobacco and vaping have been identified by the AHA’s Upstate board as focus areas to support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

Chris, Senior Associate with NAI Earle Furman and Katie, Channel Business Manager with Hewlett-Packard are working with a committee of volunteers to raise $1.2 million for the 2022 campaign. The volunteers include:

Ashley Coleman, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Katie and Robert Cook, Logitech
Angi and Howard Einstein, Rosenfeld Einstein
Dr. Collins Harrison, Prisma
Lynn and Flavia Harton, United Community Bank
Diane and Jeff Hilderbran, Seaglass Periodontics and Implantology, CoTransCo
Velda Hughes, Hughes Agency
Lisa Larocque
Will Owens, American Services
Neetu Patel, Sycamore Investment Group
Tim Self, AnMed Health
Tracy Swinney, ALL IN Foundation
Dana and Mike Van Gieson, Synnex
Jake Van Gieson, NAI Earle Furman
Donyelle and Walk Wilkins, Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office

To learn more about the Upstate Heart Ball, visit upstateheartball.heart.org or contact Leslie Knight at Leslie.knight@heart.org for more information.


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