Women wore red Friday to reinforce a life-saving message
The American Heart Association's held its tenth-annual Go Red for Women luncheon, turning the downtown Ramada's Grand Ballroom into a sea of shades of the title color.
The fundraising event featured a silent auction of red purses, filled with goodies from wine and gift cards, to books, jewelry, even dresses and shirts.
While the goal is to have fun, it comes with a serious message. Event chairperson Ann Mah said many women - and men - are not aware that heart disease is the nation's leading killer of both genders. She says the Go Red campaign serves to educate people about their risks and the steps they can take to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Attendees also heard from heart attack survivor Deborah Rose and from Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar, Ed.D, who humorously stressed the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
WIBW-TV was the media partner for the event.