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High-rolling event to raise money for lifesaving machines

For the past ten years, the non-profit has provided free automated external defibrillators to businesses throughout northeast Missouri. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in four deaths is due to heart attacks.

One group is aiming to make a dent in that figure with a gala for high rollers.

NEMO Heart Health is holding its annual Gents and Joules Gala, Feb. 24, 2018, with all proceeds benefiting the organization.

For the past ten years, the non-profit has provided free automated external defibrillators to businesses throughout northeast Missouri.

With an initial goal of 50 devices in five years, now in its tenth year, the non-profit has donated 150 devices.

"It's just a fun-filled night where we are basically celebrating the achievements of this community, coming together and funding this organization," said NEMO Heart Health President Joe Schilling.

The City of Kirksville donated $12,000 this week to the non-profit.

The Gents and Joules Gala will take place at the Newman Center on Truman State University's campus.

For ticket information, click here.

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