Steven M. Gootter Foundation Update

The 11th annual Steven M. Gootter Gala was held on March 4 at the Westin La Paloma. More than 350 people attended. The event featured a silent auction, a live auction, wonderful food, music, and dancing. The 2016 Philanthropic Honoree was Dr. Lori Mackstaller.
Andrew Messing, president of the Steven M. Gootter Foundation, affirmed that the mission of the Foundation is to provide community outreach, research and AEDs. In keeping with that mission, the Gootter Foundation sponsored Greater Tucson in becoming a PulsePoint connected community. On April 20, the mayors of Tucson, South Tucson, Oro Valley and Marana, along with multiple fire districts in the region, jointly announced the PulsePoint app for smartphones.
The goal of PulsePoint is to get a CPR/AED trained person to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest as soon as possible. The free app will alert registered users of the need for CPR and of the location of the nearest AED. Sudden cardiac arrest events claim the lives of 1,000 people every day in the United States. PulsePoint will give Tucson area citizens the chance to hopefully reduce that number and become a role model for the rest of the country.

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