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Feb 12, 2020

Close to our Heart: Supporting the American Heart Association and the Fight Against Heart Disease

At NYCM Insurance, we’re proud to corporately sponsor 10 major charitable organizations annually. And while we can’t pick a favorite, the American Heart Association is especially close to our heart. Twenty eight years ago, we began our partnership with the American Heart Association as a way to give back to a cause that we felt strongly about - unfortunately, many of our employees have experienced the trauma that heart disease can bring, either on a personal level or through family members and friends. It was a cause that our teammates could rally behind and continue to support to this day.

Read on to learn more about how we support this organization and a cause that we’re passionate about.

Wear Red Day

Our Heart month initiatives kick off in February with Wear Red Day. Every year, the first Friday in February is Go Red for Women Day; a day all about women standing in solidarity to make a commitment to heart health. Women are notorious for not always putting themselves first. They may feel symptoms associated with heart disease but might not acknowledge them because they're worried about what they’re going to make for dinner, concentrating on what errands they have to run after work or preoccupied with taking care of everyone but themselves. Internally, NYCM Insurance participates in Go Red for Women Day by encouraging our entire employee base to wear red to raise awareness for the cause.

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk

We’re proud that America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk takes place in our backyard, in Utica, NY, and look forward to being the Signature Sponsor for the event. Why is it the “greatest”? Because it was the first Heart Run/Walk event to reach one million dollars through fundraising efforts. Every year we look forward to fundraising for the event and participating as a team. You can find us engaging with fellow Heart Walk enthusiasts at the expo the day before the event, as well as participating in the event itself. Our employees enjoy walking together as a team, and members of our Brand Management division can often be found handing out snacks and water at a checkpoint during the race.

Last year, former Chief Financial Officer and current board member Albert Pylinski was honored with special recognition for being the event’s top fundraiser - raising more than $72,000 for the American Heart Association.

Public Relations Supervisor Stephanie Bader is heavily involved in NYCM’s support of the Heart Association, both behind the scenes and on the ground at events such as America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk:  "I have been a part of Team NYCM at America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk for five years now, and every year is different, but the message is always the same: fight against heart disease and stroke. We have enormous camaraderie at NYCM and seeing everyone come out with their "why" written on their bib number is amazing.”

Oneonta Indoor Walk

In addition to the Utica event, our team also participates in the Indoor Heart Walk in Oneonta, NY, which is a great event alternative for families and those who would have difficulties braving the cold March air in CNY. You can find us walking in the event as well as handing out water bottles to participants!


Leading up to the events in March, our employees enjoy fundraising for the Heart Association through a variety of different means. One fundraiser that employees look forward to planning and participating in is the Chicken BBQ fundraiser put on through Brooks’ House of BBQ in Oneonta. The fundraiser is spearheaded by NYCM employees who are passionate about the cause and always sees a large turnout from the rest of the employee base. Another fundraiser includes designing limited-edition Heart Run & Walk apparel for employees to purchase from our on-campus NYCM merchandise store. This fundraiser is a fan favorite and - this year - saw the sale of over 400 items, with proceeds going directly to Team NYCM. Apparel items include branded t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, zip up sweatshirts and hoodies.

Hands Only CPR Collegiate Challenge
In addition to sponsoring America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk, we’re proud to sponsor the Hands Only CPR Collegiate Challenge -  a friendly contest among colleges in the Utica, NY area designed to teach as many people as possible how to administer hands-only CPR. How does the contest work? The school that teaches the most people wins a prize!

“NYCM leaders, such as SVP of Customer Relations Management and Chairperson of the event, Jeremy Robinson and former CFO Albert Pylinski really get behind the cause and are true advocates while promoting why the American Heart Association and their work is so important.”  Bader continued, recalling NYCM’s historic support.

“From our Wear Red Day photo to the various fundraisers that happen in the office, we're happy to promote the cause every year and even more proud that our partnership has helped fund lifesaving science with a goal to keep more hearts beating."

To learn more about the American Heart Association click here. And to donate to our Heart Run & Walk team, click on the button below.