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This gala is unlike any other.  It is fresh.  It is cool.  It is rock n’ roll.  No black ties or ball gowns -the style is denim, leather and the glitz of rock ‘n’ roll.  100% of net  funds raised at On Wings of Hope stay local to support risk-reduction and prevention education of cardiovascular disease; raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack; fund the installments of lifesaving AED’s and provide Hands Only CPR and AED training in the event of an emergency. www.hopeheart.org

The Hope Heart Institute’s 2016 On Wings of Hope benefit culminated January 29th at Showbox SODO, raising$300,000 to improve health outcomes for underserved and at-risk members of our community. More than 200 passionate stakeholders attended, notable guests including Seattle sports fan favorite Lenny Wilkens, three time NBA Hall of Fame inductee; Kevin Klock, CEO Talking Rain, Brad Harlow, CEO Cardiac Insight, Michael Lake, president, Alaskan Observers and Nancy and Ken Woomer – Owners of Competition Specialties and recipient of The Hope Heart Institute Community Partner of the Year award. Local residents and sisters Laurie and Jenny Campbell shared their personal story about surviving heart disease, encouraging all to heed critical warning signs and inspiring healthy lifestyle behaviors.

All event proceeds benefit the Hope Heart’s programs and services for tens of thousands of at-risk and medically underserved individuals. Programs include the Take Heart education series and innovative K-12 curriculum, and the Heart Restart community outreach program, which makes AED’s and CPR training more readily available.

Top selling live auction items included:

  • Adele Suite for 16, $25,000!
  • Lenny Wilkens autographed basketball for $3,000!
  • Two Seattle Seahawks VIP 12th Man experience for $8,000!
  • Two Salish Lodge Chef’s Table/ DeLille winemaker dinners for $8,000!
  • Legends Autographed Boxing Glove for $4,250!

Fireman and student

February Is Heart Month!

The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and increasing knowledge about preventing cardiovascular disease. This year The Hope is partnering with Renton Fire and Emergency Services, the Renton School District and Valley Medical Center on heart heath education and screening in the Renton schools and throughout the community.

We are visiting schools and community locations throughout Renton to conduct heart health screenings, including blood pressure and blood sugar readings and will also include educational information on how to live a heart healthy life to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Activities throughout the month include:

  • Hands-on heart health lessons and screenings with elementary, middle and high school students in the Renton School District.
  • Heart health screenings at community locations
  • Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings at local Renton fire stations during regular business hours.


Seattle U CPR

Heart Restart in Schools kicks off at Hazen High School!

This February, Heart Restart in Schools officially kicked off at Hazen High School in Renton, WA to teach students the lifesaving skills of CPR and how to use an AED! Washington State, like many states across the nation, recently passed legislation to mandate CPR training as a high school graduation requirement. The Hope is helping schools meet this mandate by providing training and equipment for schools that don’t have CPR training in place.

“The Hope staff did an amazing job in our school!  All of the teachers were blown away by their energy, knowledge, and professionalism. We could not have done this without The Hope’s support!” said Jamie Wespestad, Lead Health Teacher at Hazen High School.


heart ripple

The Rewards Ripple 

“You need to be content with small steps. That's all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance.” - Katie KacvinskyAwaken

It might seem daunting for an individual to make big changes in regards to their health, but taking that first step can set into motion a series of events culminating in a big result. As February is Heart month - let’s take a look at some of the best ways to set your ripple effect in motion:


Eating a balanced meal of carbohydrates and protein will give you energy that lasts. More energy leads to more effective and longer lasting exercise routines.


A new study recently published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention indicates that we spend around 7.7 hours a day sitting down, which can have severe consequences for health, including increased risk of type 2 diabetesobesity and heart disease. With that in mind, keep a bottle of water near your desk or couch. The water will keep you hydrated, which will help keep your body operating efficiently.


Restful sleep helps to prevent overeating. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, the chemicals that regulate appetite can become overactive, leading you to eat more than you really need.


Not only does a strong workout routine help you stay healthy and lose weight, it also releases endorphins, which can improve your mood. Feeling good may in turn make you more likely to workout again, which could turn into a healthy habit.

McLendons blood pressure reading

Women & Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, taking the lives of 1 in 4 women. Even though heart disease is equally common among men and women, more women are dying or becoming disabled due to heart attack complications. There are a few reasons for this disparity:

Women may not recognize that the symptoms of heart attack may be different for women. While some women experience the “classic” symptoms of chest pain and left arm numbness, many women experience pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen, or back. Other common symptoms include nausea, dizziness, and cold sweats.

Women may not know that they are at risk for heart disease. Heart disease is commonly believed to be a “man’s” disease, when in reality women are also at risk. Controllable risk factors for heart disease include obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.

Women often wait longer before seeking medical help. In fact, women are more likely to call a friend than 9-1-1. Women may feel that they are too busy to visit a doctor or may worry about embarrassment if it turns out to be a false alarm, but by waiting, they often have worse complications and are at a great risk of dying.

The goal of The Hope Heart Institute’s Women Take Heart Program is to reduce the prevalence of heart disease and death among women. The Foundations of the National Institutes of Health awarded The Hope $150,000 through their Heart Truth Community Action Grant to help raise awareness about women’s heart disease symptoms and provide women with practical and effective tools (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali) for healthier living. The Heart Truth grant will allow us to reach over 22,000 individuals over the next year through community education programs and media campaigns.

Draft Day

Hope Happy Hour

It’s game time at this sports themed fundraising event with special appearances by local sports personalities and featuring a live and silent auction chalk full of unique sports experiences and packages. Walk On by registering as an individual, or form a Team with eight or ten friends, family and/or colleagues to score the win against cardiovascular disease.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tavern Hall
505 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004


Join the movement to end cardiovascular disease as the #1 killer in America by equipping our community with the education, support and resources needed to live a healthy, fit and joyful life. 100% of net proceeds from the 2016 Hope Happy Hour will support the residents of Washington State by investing in prevention science research, outreach and education to combat cardiovascular disease.

More Information:
Sponsor Benefits and Commitment Form
The Hope at a Glance

Have an item or experience you'd like to donate to the auction? Contact us or fill out our Procurement Form!

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!

Cardiac Insight, Ascent Law Partners LLP & KPMG


Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Make your heart happy by giving a gift to The Hope in honor or in memory of your loved one today!

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