HIGH POINT, N.C., April 9, 2014 – High Point University’s Black Cultural Awareness (BCA) organization and Diversity Club presented a donation to the American Heart Association (AHA) on Tuesday, April 1.
Danielle Criss, co-president of BCA, Matthew Burns, president of the Diversity Club, and La-Nita Williams, BCA advisor, presented the check to HPU graduate student Jacqueline Brannon. Brannon is on the Board of Directors for AHA’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, whose goal is to educate and raise awareness about heart disease in women.
The funds were raised during the Black Heritage Service hosted by the two clubs on Feb. 23. All proceeds will be used to help the efforts of AHA to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and the risk is even higher for African-Americans. Criss states that BCA is a community-based organization: “If we don’t love, collaborate with, and support our community, then we go against everything we stand for. It warmed our hearts to know we are helping our own.”