Ya gotta have heart!
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employees and staff at the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC have a lot of heart. And cash.
Some 140 employees, family members and friends - as well as a small pack of dogs - recorded online contributions of $38,742 Saturday, compared to $29,000 last year. In addition, many handed over donations of checks and cash Saturday at the Walk. The final tally will be available Oct. 15.
On hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with employees on an unexpectedly sunny day was "Mr. Red Sox" Johnny Pesky. The congenial 88 year-old former Red Sox Player and coach is the namesake of "Pesky's Pole" in right field at Fenway Park. The Red Sox supported his appearance at BIDMC's Heart Walk booth because it is the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox.
Pesky attracted a long line of fans from BIDMC and other event sponsors who flocked to the BIDMC tent to spend a moment with him. Among them were Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, event chairman Keith Block, CEO of Oracle North America, and Mrs., Miss and Teen Miss Massachusetts.
FROM LEFT: Peter Zimetbaum, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiology; Kamal Khabbaz, MD, Interim Chief, Cardiac Surgery; and Mark Josephson, MD, Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, share a laugh with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, prior to the start of the 2008 Boston Heart Walk.