AugustHeart

2021 Annual Report

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pam Velasco of AugustHeart
Dear Friends-

Ten years ago, AugustHeart was founded with a mission to provide FREE heart screenings to teenagers. If successful, the result would be to reduce and/or avoid sudden cardiac death in San Antonio teens. With no blueprint to follow, it was a huge challenge to develop relationships with the medical community, earn the trust of area schools and parents, and develop the format by which AugustHeart could eventually screen 2,000 students in one day.

Now, 10 years later, I look back and know in my heart that AugustHeart has made a difference. Not only have we saved lives, but the heart screenings have given families peace of mind and an added layer of protection. This year we screened 8,198 teens and identified 48 at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Although that represents less than one-half of one percent, consider the consequences if just one of those 48 had not been screened and had collapsed on the field, the court, or in the pool.

This year AugustHeart celebrates a milestone – we screened our 55,000th teen! With 141,627 teens living in Bexar County, we know we have only scratched the surface. We also know that we haven’t done it alone. We consider ourselves truly blessed by the incredible generosity, time, effort, and support of our friends, donors, volunteers, and advocates this year and every year. It’s because of you that we surpass and celebrate these incredible milestones. It’s because of you that we continue this lifesaving work for teens and families living in our community. Thank You!!!

PAM VELASCO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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DOUBLE THE IMPACT

A MILLION REASONS TO COME TOGETHER

THIS YEAR WE HAVE A MILLION MORE REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE. A GENEROUS DONOR HAS COMMITTED TO MATCHING YOUR DONATIONS UP TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS! THAT MEANS YOUR DONATION WILL BE DOUBLED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TODAY TO SAVE A LIFE!

DOUBLE THE LIVES SAVED

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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90% OF SUDDEN CARDIAC VICTIMS DIE
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST IS OFTEN THE FIRST SYMPTOM OF A HEART CONDITION
A STETHOSCOPE CANNOT IDENTIFY A HIDDEN HEART CONDITION
1 IN 300 TEENS HAS AN UNDETECTED HEART CONDITION
HEART SCREENINGS ARE NOT PART OF WELL CHILD EXAMS OR PREPARTICIPATION SPORTS PHYSICALS
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST IS THE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES

MEET THE IMPACTED

STEPHANIE AND MICHAEL FOX

“We believe in screenings. It’s good to have the information and to know if anything needs addressing. When we saw that there would be an AugustHeart screening at our school, we took advantage of the opportunity. After the screening, we got an email from the Assistant Athletic Director saying Luke’s screening had an abnormal result and that we should follow up with a pediatric cardiologist. The pediatric cardiologist confirmed Luke had Wolff Parkinson White (WPW) syndrome. We went in for a study where they stimulate the heart to tell if it’s at risk of becoming unstable. The doctor told us they didn’t have to do much to induce the arrhythmia, and Luke had to be resuscitated during the procedure.

Two weeks later we were in the hospital having a cardiac ablation done. Luke had to spend a night in the hospital, and then for two weeks he had to take it easy. After that, he was back to normal. It’s almost like it didn’t happen.

Luke is the perfect example of why heart screenings are important. He didn’t have any symptoms. He was a multi-sport athlete, and we had no reason to suspect he wasn’t in perfect health. Thank God the screening was available and that we took advantage of it. In a nutshell, you could say that AugustHeart saved our son’s life. It’s an organization that fills a gap that isn’t being met in a routine physical.

Now we can watch him play basketball. His younger brother has been screened, so we’ll watch him follow in Luke’s footsteps. Life continues just like it did before.”

ERICA AND TIM MOHR

“On the morning of April 19, 2021, Jackson Mohr was found by his parents unresponsive in his bed. He had gone to bed the night before and was completely healthy. CPR was performed, his pulse returned, and he was rushed to Methodist Children’s Hospital. He was placed on life support. However, due to prolonged lack of oxygen prior to CPR, he never regained consciousness. Jackson passed away on April 22, 2021 from sudden cardiac arrest. He died from a hidden heart condition called Long QT syndrome. He was 13 years old.

After finding out about Jackson’s heart condition, the Mohrs created Mohr Heart Awareness to honor the life of Jackson by striving to educate the community about sudden cardiac death in youth through awareness and promotion of heart screening initiatives.

“Jackson was a really special kid. He was a true servant leader who lifted others with his beautiful smile and kind, encouraging words. He was someone you wanted your kid to be friends with. God lived in his spirit every day. Jackson loved playing baseball, and he loved his sister; they were best friends. He would help motivate her, and she did the same for him. He made us proud every day.

Our gift to AugustHeart is creating more awareness. We hope to continue to support AugustHeart and continue to find ways to make screenings more known about throughout the community. Thank you AugustHeart for what you are doing. You make me feel good as a mom who lost my son, Jackson.”

TEENS SCREENED IN 2021

TEENS SCREENED TO DATE

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HEARTS OF TEXAS

A NIGHT OF COUNTRY MUSIC TO SAVE A LIFE

A SHOOT FOR THE HEART

SCREENING EVENTS

OUR HEARTS BEAT STRONGER WITH YOU

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS FOR EVERY CONTRIBUTION. BECAUSE OF YOU, WE ARE ABLE TO SCREEN THOUSANDS OF TEENS FREE OF CHARGE. NOTHING IS MORE VITAL TO OUR GROWTH THAN TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO FAITHFULLY GIVE BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN THE WORK OF AUGUSTHEART. THANK YOU!
If your name has been misspelled, displayed incorrectly or has been inadvertently omitted, please accept our sincere apology. Contact info@augustheart.org for any changes or questions.

DONORS

Debra & Tim Adler
Jazzel Aguirre
Eric Alstrin
Lexie & Rowan Altgelt
Jennifer & Landon Anderson
Grizelda & Gustavo Anguiano
Jean & Ken Applegate
Sue & Tommy Arnim
Angela Arnold
John Austin
Denise & Roger Avants
Andrew Bagnall
Renee & Terry Bailey
Anne & Steve Ballantyne
Emmy & Brian Ballantyne
Patrick Ballantyne
Will Balthrope
Dorothy & Cory Basso
Courtney Bayless
Cindy Beard
Mary & Michael Benedum II
Ellie Beuerman
Sarah Biehunko
Kathy & Brad Bracewell
Jane & Richard Bradford
Karen & Brian Brady
Jackie & Andy Brassington
Shannon Braymen & Vivian Holder
Royce Brewer-Vogt
Tricia & Ed Britt
Laura Britton
Susan & Raleigh Brotherman
Alexa Brundage
Robin Bukowski
Vivian & Mack Burns
Robin & David Bush
Grace Caldwell
Shelley Callaghan
Emma & Toby Calvert
Carol & Plack Carr
Jo Ann Carr
Maggie & Jake Carr
Steve Casaccia
Carol Case
Darren Casey
Paige & Rob Cavender
Gilda Cisneros
Miriam Colunga
Anne & Mark Connally
Rose Cullen
Kandis & Ryan Cunningham
Dana Cutter
Charlotte & Vincent Dawson II
Kit & Carl Detering
Caraline & Jay Dewald
Kevin Dickey
Lori & James Donnell
Win Dubose
Joe Dunn
Madelyn Dunn
Bea & Steve Dutton
Patrick Dwarica
Linda & Jay Ellison
Hannah & Seth Engelken
David Evans
Jack Everhart
Jane Everhart
Tracee & JJ Feik
Kelly & Carl Fellbaum
Leanne Findlayson
Burkley & Johnny Fitzsimons
Soibhan Sobieski Foody
Whitney & Connor Foody
Sandra Laurel Ford
Zach Ford
Susanna Frankland
Anne & Marco Gamboa
Becky & Cliff Garrison
Drew & Kat Garza
Santos Garza
Kim & Jay Gerber
Betty & Otto Gerlach III
Lynette & Mike Glowka
Kristina Good
Lara Grametbauer
Cheryl & Sid Greehey
Carrie & Thomas Green
Sarah & Grant Greenblum
Kim & Paul Griffin
Laurie & John Griffith
Maria & Scott Gruendler
Bonnie & Isaac Guajardo
Zach Hahn
Sue Hall
Hillary Hancock
Janet & John Hancock
Aaron Harris
Amy & John Hayes
Heather Haynes
Tina & Joe Haynes
Mason Hein
Kris & David Held
Devin Heller
Ria & Jay Henderson
Sara & Cody Herff
Toni & Raul Hernandez
Mary Ellen Herrera
Gayle & James Holcomb
Kathy & Mitch Holcomb
Parker Hollingshead
Rosemary Van Hueverswyn
Peggy & Dan Allen Hughes
Cora Jo & Michael Hummel
Dianne & Stacy Hunt
JoAnna & Seldon Hurley
Kathy & Scott Hutcheson
Laura Ilgun
Lynn & Robert Irwin
Kim & Paul Jaquillard
Julie & Clay Jett
Maria Jimenez
Dane Johnson
Johnny Clay Johnson
Lee Ann & Chad Jones
Mary Vance Jones
Hedy & Butch Jouffray
Nic Jouffray
Val Juve
Kathy & David Kelleher
Marlise & Scott Kercheville
Shane Klar
Kim & Brandt Klutts
Carl Kocurek
Doré Koontz
Jessica & Claude Koontz
Margaret & Bart Koontz
Wendy Kowalik
Patricia & Kenny Krueger
Caroline & Rick Kuper
Gretchen & Lance Lahourcade
Santi & Adam Lang
Caroline & AJ Lewis
Kim Lewis
Mark Lewis
Sallie Lewis
Alissa Lockett
Cameron Long
Hugo Lozano
Lane Lykes
Doreen & Michael Magoon
Nancy & Bill Maloy
Bettina Mathis
Amelita & David Mauzé
Daniel Mays
Jessica & Jay McAnelly
Mary Carroll McCan
Lee & Dan McCarty
Lee McClintick
Kathy & Jody McCord
Sarah McCord
Sylvia McCord
John McDonald
Delaney & Robert McDonough
Northcott McFadden
Barbara & Mickey McKenzie
Vicki McLaughlin
Claire & Easton McNab
Benjamin McSween
Sarah & Paul McSween
Kim & Dewey McTee
Doug Miller
Angela & Matt Moczygemba
Erica & Tim Mohr
Susie & Pat Molak
Emily Moore
Kathleen Morneau
Camilla Morrison
James Murry
Carla & Chet Nastala
Leith & Dick Negley
Linda & Ben Nelson
Ann & John Newman
Dana & Bob Nunley
Kim & Richard Nunley
Rekia & Wale Olabiyi
Nancy & Andrew Ozuna
Lindsay & Zane Pace
Helen & Alan Parker
Brenda & Aubrey Pawlik
Edward Pearson
Arquimedes Perez
Cara & Michael Perez
Emilie & Christopher Petty
Joan Petty
Dana & Gene Powell
Kara & Marc Powell
Callie & Andrew Price
Caroline & Nelson Puett
Elizabeth & Eric Reblin
Hannah Redd
Claire Reynolds
Corinna & JB Richter
Martha & Rand Riklin
Coates Roberts
Elizabeth & Barry Roberts
George Roberts
Erin & Guillermo Rodriguez
Nathan Rodriguez
Elizabeth & Happy Rogers
Jill & Bobby Rosenthal
Marty Ross
John Rouse
Elizabeth & Alfred Sandoval
Carol & Rod Sands
Lauren & John Saunders
Denise & Ken Schlaudt
Jonathan Schneider
Meridith & Cullen Schwarz
Paula Senior
Catherine & Dennis Shaver
Ann & Rick Shaw
Anna & Jamie Shaw
Diane & George Shaw
Greer Shetler
Isa & David Shetler
Marsha & John Shields
Kathryn & Joel Shuler
Diane Siegel
Barrett Simmons
Bryla Simpson
Andrea & Pete Sitterle
Lizzie & Marc Smith
Sandy & Tommy Soriero
Julie & Carter Speer
Lisa Spielhagen
Jeff Steen
Tatum Strange
Selia Straus
Paige Strode
Cheryl & Billy Stroud
Chase & Ross Studer
Jeannie Von Stultz
Paula & Herb Stumberg
Nancy & Glenn Sullivan
Johanna & Bradley Suttle
Tammy & Eric Swafford
Serene Yap & Irving Tjin
Michael Todd
Abby & Brad Tolin
Sandra & Dale Tremblay
Alice & John Troy
John Greg Turcotte
Christine & Thomas Tyng
Laura Vaccaro
Rosemary Van Heuverswyn
Pam & Peter Velasco
Phyllis & Michael Viola
Holly & Kendal Volz
Robert Wagnon
Kandy Walker & Anthony Rodriguez
Ann Watson
Blake Webb
Anne Weil
Lisa & John Weissler
Melani & Brian Weltens
Nicholas Westerman
Jamie Weyand
Robert White
Christopher Wilcut
Jennifer Wilkinson
Jeanette & Kayo Williamson
Kathy & Wes Winn
Corinne & Jimmy Yancy
Gayle & Sam Youngblood
Julie Zacher
Barbara & Keith Zars
Maya & Fernando Zuniga

BUSINESSES

2W Minerals
Cantera Capital Partners
Capital Solutions
Carabin Shaw
Casey Development
Chicago Title
CITY Boots
Corie Properties Group|Compass RE Texas
Double K Sporting Events
Frost Bank
IBC Bank of San Antonio
Institutional Property Advisors
Jefferson Bank
Keith Zars Pools
Kendra Scott Design
M Capital Advisors
Mauzé Construction
Methodist Sports Medicine
Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery
Open Air Studios
Quest Masonry
Sanger & Altgelt
Sorella Clothing Company
Texas Capital Bank
The Bowen Partners

FOUNDATIONS

Baptist Health Foundation San Antonio
Cavender Cares
Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992
Faye L. and William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation
Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation
John Newman Family Charitable Fund
Mays Family Foundation
McCombs Foundation
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Nelson Puett Foundation
Rugeley Ferguson Foundation
Silver Eagle Beverages Charitable Fund
Support for Life Foundation
Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation
The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation
The Dixie Starnes Wenger Foundation
The Greehey Family Foundation
The Najim Charitable Foundation

TRIBUTE GIFTS

IN MEMORY OF
Sandra Cogburn
William Cogburn
Sarah Elizabeth Friend
August Koontz
Alex Marah
Jackson Mohr
Alan Parker
IN HONOR OF
Emmy Ballantyne
Bart Koontz
Doré Koontz
Jake Stewart

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Drs. Ginnie & Aaron Abarbanell
Randy Adams
Advanced Aesthetics Lopez Plastic Surgery
Baker Tatum
Cory Basso
Vivienne & Chris Bathie
Belles & Beaux
Kathy & Albert Biedenharn
Kathy & Blake Bonner
Bruce Bowen
Laura & Frank Burney
Dr. David Bush
Carla & Tony Canty
Darren Casey
Allyson Cavender & Family
Stephanie & Bobby Cavender
Cavender Cares
Marian Chester
CITY Boots
Claire Reynolds Stationer
Dr. Mark Colligan
Corie Properties Group|Compass RE Texas
F. “Woody” de Luna & Vintages 2.0
Don Strange of Texas
Lori & James Donnell
Dormie Network
Dos Carolinas
DYKEMA
Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler
Judy & Mike Elrod
Estancia del Norte
Harriet & Mike Fanning
Sally & Chip Flanagan
Jim Foody & Merlin1 Charters
Kelley & Pat Frost
Nancy & Drew Fuller
Kim & Grant Gillum
Grove Hill
Christy & Shawn Gulley
Hargrove’s Fine Wine & Spirits
Amy & John Hayes
H-E-B
Elizabeth & Peter Herff
Cari Hill
Gil & Pat Hodge
Hotel Emma
Kathryn & Ed Howie
JS Satel Custom Clothier
Julian Gold
Dr. Pooja Kashyap
Kathy & David Kelleher
Alesha & Vic Keller
Kelly Wade Jewelers
Nita & Michael Kiolbassa
Cathy Klumpp
Doré Koontz
Margaret & Bart Koontz
Koontz Corporation
Bekki & Greg Kowalski
Jeannie & Bob Latimer
Carol & Gerry Lavender
Lee Jones Collection
Lin Marché
Local Fabrication
Dr. Jarett McGehee
Emily & Brad McMurray
Avery & Patrick McNamara
Meadow Boutique
Dean Meyer & Meyer Family
Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery
Jene & Tim Miller
Michael Miller
Mission Mercantile
Mission Ridge Range & Academy
Angie & Hunter Mock
Susie & Pat Molak
Kara Mosley
Carla & Chet Nastala
Natalee Newell
Dr. Wale Olabiyi
Maitlyn & Schreiner Parker
Peerless Events & Tents
Christy & Greg Prescott
Dana & Don Purswell
Ashley & Conner Quintanilla
Rhonda Stafford Catering
Roberto Coin
Robin Jackson Photography
Sandra Rosenberg
Jill & Bobby Rosenthal
Pamela Rosser
Xan Rubey
Heather & Rollins Rubsamen
Saint Martha Foods
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
San Antonio Country Club
Sandy Oaks Ranch
Satel’s
DiDi & Tom Schmidt
Alyse & Webb Sellers
Buffy & Clint Shackelford
Diane & George Shaw
Shetler Fine Jewelers
Abbie & Andy Slye
Smoke Shack
Sorella Clothing Company
Southerleigh
Moira & Johnny Spalten
Julie & Carter Speer
Rhonda & Scott Stafford
Laurel Stuckey
Texas Capital Bank
The Customer Story
Fannie Thomas
Dr. Nandish Thukral
Trinity Flowers
Marty Truss
Christine & Thomas Tyng
Pam & Peter Velasco
Jennifer & Matt Vizza
Sidney & Steve Wood
Gayle & Sam Youngblood

BOARD

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
DORÉ KOONTZ

VICE PRESIDENT
LAURIE GRIFFITH

SECRETARY & TREASURER
WENDY KOWALIK

DIRECTORS
CORY BASSO
DAVID M. BUSH, MD, PHD
SANDRA LAUREL FORD
AMY HAYES
LEE ANN T. JONES
WALE OLABITY, MD
WILL PAULUS
JAMES SHAW
ROSS H. STUDER
H. LOUIS STUMBERG, JR.
KENDAL VOLZ

WHO WAS AUGUST?

Augustus Cummings Koontz passed away at the age of 18 in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is a problem of the heart muscles where the bottom chambers (or ventricles) are too thick and can cause heart failure. August was a senior at Central Catholic High School with sights on being a Horned Frog at TCU when he graduated. His zest for life and compassion for others was the measure of his greatness. He had a huge heart and will forever be remembered because of the lifesaving work done by AugustHeart.

AugustHeart was founded by Doré and Bart Koontz in May 2011 with a bold vision, to establish a free community-wide cardiac screening program for teens to identify and help those at risk of a sudden cardiac event.

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