A record number of BASF employees and area business partners teed off April 12 at the 13th annual American Heart Association golf tournament at Pelican Point Golf Course.

The event raised $28,000 to benefit the AHA.

“This year’s tournament was a huge success,” said Monica Tureau, AHA and BASF employee volunteer team leader. “BASF employee volunteers have coordinated this event and raised more than $200,000 for the AHA over the past 13 years,” she said. “Most of the members of our team have been doing this for a number of years and we have a great time putting this together and supporting AHA.”

Thirty-six teams — the most participants in the event’s history — took part in the tournament.

“This day of golf is not only an enjoyable annual event, but it also supports an important local resource,” said Lee Rayner, Heart Walk director at AHA. “The money raised at this tournament goes to provide vital education, health care and research for the local community.”

While raising money for the organization, the event also raises awareness of how many Louisianans are affected by heart disease and related illnesses. According to the AHA, heart disease is the number one cause of death in Louisiana. Stroke is the number four cause of death and also responsible for being most debilitating.

“Events such as this golf tournament help the AHA promote lifesaving information. I am thankful for BASF’s commitment to the health of our community through their support of AHA,” Rayner said.