TSG Makes a Heartfelt Effort to Support Heart Health
February 20, 2015
On February 7, 2015, Lisa and Donald Shauger attended the 58th Annual Philadelphia Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). This marked the third straight year that the Shaugers represented The Shauger Group (TSG) at the Heart Ball, an event that celebrates the AHA’s yearlong efforts to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. TSG received special recognition as a 2015 Heart Ball Pacesetter sponsor at this year’s event, which was attended by approximately 785 supporters.
“The Shauger Group has consistently been a huge supporter of the event and the American Heart Association,” said Tracey Soulges, Senior Director of the Philadelphia Heart Ball. “Every year, the Shaugers continue to attend the Heart Ball and consistently are very generous with the Heart Ball and American Heart Association.”
TSG first became involved with the Philadelphia Heart Ball as a result of its service partner, Genesis HealthCare Corporation, who is a major corporate sponsor of the AHA. After the Shaugers attended the 2013 Heart Ball with Genesis representatives, the Shaugers consequently became very strong supporters, both on a personal level and a company level, of the AHA and other efforts to support heart health.
“We are very grateful to Genesis for introducing us to the Heart Ball,” said Lisa Shauger, President/CEO of TSG. “It’s truly a phenomenal event, and it raises money for an incredible cause. We are so proud to support the American Heart Association and its lifesaving research.”
Soulges credited Genesis for its tremendous efforts to bring in new supporters, such as TSG. Genesis matched TSG’s contribution this year, and, as Soulges noted, Genesis made an outstanding commitment to give a matching contribution for the first $50,000.00 donated overall to the Philadelphia Heart Ball this year.
Genesis Executive Vice President and President of the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Division, Paul Bach, serves presently on the AHA Southeastern Pennsylvania Board of Directors for 2014-2015, as well as on the 2015 Heart of Philadelphia Executive Leadership Team. Genesis CEO, George V. Hager, Jr., also a member of the 2015 Heart of Philadelphia Executive Leadership Team, received the Heart of Philadelphia Award at last year’s Heart Ball for his strong commitment to public health issues.
In 2014 the Shaugers were inducted into Cor Vitae: the Heart of Life, the AHA’s Philanthropic Giving Society, which recognizes as distinguished donors those who give significant contributions toward any area of the AHA. This year’s Philadelphia Heart Ball program listed the Shaugers as one of only 35 individuals or couples who belonged to the Cor Vitae society as of December 31, 2014.
“The ongoing generosity and support of The Shauger Group is heartfelt,” said Soulges. “We couldn’t do it without people who are engaged. We can always count on The Shauger Group.”
Last year TSG also served as a sponsor of the Northern New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon, which was held on February 27, 2014, and featured celebrity guest speakers, including news reporter, Pei-Sze Cheng, and chef, Amanda Freitag. The Shaugers’ daughter, Marisa, also served on the Executive Leadership Team for the Luncheon.
Three years in a row, TSG has supported the AHA’s Home Runs for Heart, an annual event that takes place at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Home Runs for Heart event raises money for the AHA while giving people the unique chance to bat on a Major League Baseball field.
In past years, TSG has even purchased Home Runs for Heart tickets and donated them to Team Alexa, Inc., a nonprofit organization that benefits children with heart disease and/or congenital heart disease.