Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Fall Event



Carissa Caramanis O’Brien

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Fall Event

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?...Won’t You Learn How to Save a Life?

PITTSBURGH, August 6 -- The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is thrilled to announce its annual awards reception, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?...Won’t You Learn How to Save a Life, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The event will honor survivors of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the neighborly rescuers whose quick and courageous actions made the difference between life and death.

Sally Wiggin, WTAE TV news anchor and a heart patient who lost her father to SCA when she was a teenager, will serve as emcee. Jamie Dixon, University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball coach, who lost his sister Maggie Dixon to SCA in 2006 when she was just 28, will be keynote speaker. And Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Turzai, a strong supporter of the mission to raise SCA awareness and save lives, will also share his personal remarks.

As a special treat, David Newell, a.k.a. Mr. McFeeley from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, will make a guest appearance, highlighting the need for “speedy delivery” of CPR and every neighbor’s role in using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) when SCA occurs.

“This year’s event promises to be the best ever. We are thrilled with the caliber of speakers and guests who will share their stories and perspectives on survival, and we are honored that The Fred Rogers Company is supporting our efforts to advance the theme of ‘neighbors helping neighbors.’” – Dr. Norman Abramson, Vice-Chair of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Tickets for the event are $75 per guest ($45 of which is tax-deductible) and may be purchased online at or by mailing a check payable to the SCA Foundation, to 7500 Brooktree Road, Suite 111, Wexford, PA 15090. R.S.V.P. by September 30.

Attire is business casual, in keeping with a neighborly dress code, sweaters and sneakers are optional. A silent auction promises to offer some great surprises.

For sponsorship opportunities or to donate items for the silent auction, contact Event Co-Chairs Jennifer Bassett or Heidi Holzapfel at 724-934-0034 or

Can’t attend? Please consider making a fully-deductible contribution to the SCA Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization at

The SCA Foundation kindly thanks The Fred Rogers Company for its permission to use The Neighborhood for our event theme.

About the SCA Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to raise awareness and save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. For more information, visit, join the You Can Save a Life group on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter at and ‘Like’ us on Facebook at

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