Lary Barton (’80)


AUSTIN, TX – HeartGift is excited to welcome Lary Barton as a new member of the Community Impact Board for the organization’s Houston chapter. Since its inception in 2000, the nonprofit organization has provided more than 1,000 free, life-saving heart surgeries to patients with congenital heart defects who live in countries where specialized pediatric cardiac care is either scarce or non-existent. The announcement was made by Christy Casey-Moore, HeartGift CEO, which is head-quartered out of Austin.

Barton has a proven record of over 40 years of exceptional customer service and sales in IT Outsourcing, hardware sales, integration, and support services for one company and retiring in May of 2021. Lary is currently enjoying “Chapter 2” as a Realtor with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. Lary has also served on the Boards of numerous other nonprofits in the Greater Houston metro area focused on homelessness and the arts including Healthcare for the Homeless Houston, Bering Omega Foundation, Bering Church, Avenue 360, Open Gate Homeless Ministries. Lary is also a supporter of the Houston Grand Opera, The Houston Ballet, as well as the Alley Theater and 4th Wall Theater.

Barton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Business and Organizational Behavioral Management from The University of Houston.

“I first learned about HeartGift from my dear friend Jan Larsen. Her enthusiasm is contagious no matter what she is involved with, but her love for HeartGift and its mission to save the lives of children got my attention. In 2022, I attend my first fundraiser – Songs for the Heart – and I was hooked. In 2023, I was honored to be asked to join the board and attend this year’s event as a proud board member. I am looking forward to doing all I can to save the lives of more children,” says Barton.
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About HeartGift (
Since its inception in 2000, HeartGift has provided nearly 800 life-saving heart surgery to children worldwide with congenital heart defects (CHD). Over one million children around the globe are born each year with CHD, and most do not have access to the specialized care they need. HeartGift’s vision is a world where children born with CHD have access to the surgical repair they need, regardless of where they live. Each year, HeartGift provides hundreds of surgeries in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Pediatric hospitals, talented surgeons and medical staff dedicate their time and talents, as well as a diverse network of donors and volunteers, help make HeartGift’s procedures free and create a hopeful future possible for children around the world.

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