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Gootter Grand Slam Gala
February 7 @ 6:30 pm$200
The Gala celebrates the many life saving accomplishments of the Steven M. Gootter Foundation which has raised over $5 million that supports ongoing research for Sudden Cardiac Death and covers costs of over 300 AEDs that have been placed in schools, public places, non-profit organizations and in law enforcement vehicles throughout Southern Arizona. Training is provided by the UA Sarver Heart Center. AEDs have the capacity to rapidly resuscitate those suffering ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest and can be deployed by lay public rescuers as well as professional emergency responders. When minutes count, an AED can make a difference between life and death and enables the victim to resume a high- quality life with normal brain function.
Each year, the Gala honors individuals whose philanthropy has greatly impacted the Tucson community. 2020 Honoree KC An, best known as “Mr. An” is a Tucson restaurateur and philanthropist. He has one of the most recognized faces in the community and has given countless hours of his time and talent in support of numerous local non- profit organizations. He truly is a Tucson treasure. Mr. An is no stranger to heart disease and sudden cardiac death. “My grandfather, father, and 6 of my 7 brothers died from heart attacks. I too had my first attack at 57 and was fortunate to be resuscitated by an AED. I am humbled by this honor and truly grateful to the Gootter Foundation for the work they do to save lives in our community.”
The gala evening includes a fabulous international buffet featuring food stations with dishes representing the great tennis venues in the world; live music, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Tickets for the event are $200 per person and can be purchased at https://stevenmgootterfoundation.org/event/tickets/. Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information call 520- 615-6340 or visit: www.gootter.org