BI-LO Raises over $100,000 for the American Heart Association

October 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – On October 29, the American Heart Association proudly recognized BI-LO for contributing over $100,000 cumulatively in the Midlands since 2011. The funds were raised through the company’s Midlands Heart Walk Campaign, fundraising events in February, and customer contributions collected at check stands throughout the spring.

“We are honored to work with companies committed to the mission of the AHA, like BI-LO,” said Valerie Bridges, the American Heart Association’s Executive Director. “Their support of the Midlands Heart Walk helps us build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke right here in the Midlands.”

The Midlands Heart Walk is an opportunity for people to initiate changes in their health through walking, while raising funds to help prevent heart disease and stroke- America’s no. 1 and no. 4 killers. The annual event is a non-competitive, three-mile walk in which teams are created by employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.

Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease. That’s an average of one death every 37 seconds. Leading risk factors for heart attack and stroke are lack of physical activity and unhealthy diet.

“BI-LO is privileged to support the American Heart Association and their efforts to make the Midlands a heart healthy community,” said Sam Blaiss, Vice President of BI-LO’s Columbia Region. “We are thankful for the generosity of our associates and customers who have supported the AHA and the Midlands Heart Walk campaigns with us since 2011.”

Midlands Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway Restaurants.

For more information or to register for the Midlands Heart Walk log on to or call the American Heart Association at (803) 806-3092.


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About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit