Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dates for Scientific Sessions with the American Heart Association in 2013

The American Heart Association (AHA) is pleased to announce the dates for its 2013 Scientific Sessions, which will be held Nov. 16-20, 2013 at the Dallas Convention Center. As a nonprofit organization, the AHA relies on the efforts of its thousands of members and supporters, including Colleen Murphy of Arlington Heights, Illinois, to continue fulfilling its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Americans.

The Scientific Sessions is the AHA’s biggest gathering of scientists and health care professionals dedicated to the field of cardiovascular disease. The sessions will feature presentations by some of the leaders in cardiovascular disease worldwide, as well as exhibits that showcase the latest developments in cardiovascular resources and technology. The AHA anticipates attendance by more than 17,000 professionals and more than 22,000 attendees overall.

Long a resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Colleen Murphy supports the American Heart Association. She additionally contributes to the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Colleen Murphy: How to Organize a Successful Fundraiser

More than ever before, nonprofit organizations rely on the financial and voluntary contributions of members and supporters to help them fulfill their missions. However, fundraising is an art which requires certain elements to be in place in order to ensure success. Colleen Murphy, a sales professional in Arlington Heights, Illinois, has coordinated several fundraising events. Here she shares her insight on how to create a successful event.

1. Establish a goal. Prior to planning details, be sure and establish a goal or determine beforehand the amount of money you want to raise at the event. Having this figure in mind will help you to plan the event in order to meet the goal.

2. Determine your budget. In the initial planning stages, you must establish a budget and decide how you are going to allocate it. Obtaining sponsors and/or donors should help to keep expenses to a minimum.

3. Market your event. In order to encourage people to attend, the event must be marketed properly to its target audience. This can be accomplished through direct mail, distribution of flyers, phone calls, or word of mouth.

Among her successes in the Arlington Heights area, Colleen Murphy has helped to organize fundraisers for St. Viator High School’s Women’s Lacrosse and for St. James Church. She is the former president of Millennium Marketing Group, Ltd.