On the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Milton Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) joined other local chapters of NCL at the annual Northwest Georgia Heart Walk and 5K Run organized by the American Heart Association (AHA). The event was held at Marietta Square, and the route took runners and walkers through the beautiful historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Marietta on a crisp, sunny morning.
NCL is a national 95-year-old philanthropic organization of mothers and daughters who volunteer nearly three million hours annually to over 4,000 charity organizations in the United States. The organization is committed to hands-on volunteerism, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Girls from grades seven through twelve are eligible for membership. Mothers and daughters work together as volunteers to support the community while developing as leaders and role models. The Milton Chapter supports over fifteen philanthropies in the North Fulton area. Community service areas that the chapter serves include ones focused on homelessness, children’s services, animal rescue, and the elderly. The Milton Chapter has donated more than 6,000 hours of community service to the North Fulton community annually.
NCL is engaged in a strategic alliance with Go Red For Women®, the AHA’s national movement to end heart disease and strokes in women. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in America. Through their partnership, NCL and AHA educate NCL mothers and daughters about cardiovascular health and reinforce this education within communities through fitness, nutrition and awareness. Renee Tuzee, CEO of NCL, has described the alliance as “very near and dear to our hearts.” With the AHA, NCL aims to educate young women how to lead healthy and active lifestyles, which is the main factor in combating heart disease for generations to come. NCL’s 2019-2010 National Philanthropy Initiative benefits the AHA. As a part of that effort, members of the Milton Chapter and other local NCL chapters participated in the annual Heart Walk, raising over $2,000 for the AHA.
According to the AHA, the 2019 Northwest Georgia Heart Walk and 5K Run raised donations totaling over $3 million, which will fund heart disease and stroke research, as well as community programs and advocacy efforts. The Milton Chapter of NCL was pleased to contribute to that effort. (For more information on the AHA and cardiovascular health, please visit www.heart.org.)