8th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon


Charity Lives at AHA, Orange County's Go Red for Women Luncheon!

Orange County Go Red For Women Luncheon raises $246,000 for the fight against heart disease in women

The American Heart Association's 2012 Orange County Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on March 2, 2012 drew 500 locals and raised more than $246,000 for the fight against heart disease - the No. 1 killer of women. The sold out event celebrated medical milestones and highlighted local heart disease and stroke survivors whose lives were saved by innovations in cardiovascular science and medicine. The Luncheon is held annually to bring Orange County women together to learn more about heart disease and empower them with the tools to live a heart-healthy life.

The half-day event included educational breakout sessions, hosted by Edwards Lifesciences and St. Joseph Hospital, and a silent auction featuring purses of all shapes, sizes, and color. Each purse came with free cardiovascular screening courtesy of St. Joseph Hospital. The auction was a reminder that among the responsibilities women carry, their heart health is the most important of all.

Kelly Perkins, a heart transplant recipient known for her landmark accomplishments in climbing mountains with a donor heart, was the keynote speaker. The passion speaker was Bernadette Reyes, Regional Design Manager for Clark Construction, whose mother died of sudden cardiac arrest.

Also featured at the Luncheon were Lynn-Holly Johnson, an actress who survived a stroke caused by a hole in her heart; Judy Brandt, a local HR consultant who had open-heart surgery to repair a defective heart valve last year; Loretta Beaumont, a teacher whose life has been saved by both CPR and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator); Judy Voltmer, survivor of quintuple bypass surgery; and Victoria Collins, 2012 Honorary Chair of the Go Red For Women Luncheon and a heart disease survivor who is thriving with a pacemaker.

Jacquin Davidson, First Vice President Business Banking Officer at First Independence Bank, chaired the event. Davidson's father died of a heart attack in her arms when she was 15 years old and years later, she survived a stroke. Her personal experience fostered her passion for the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Her team of volunteers included Lee Ann Canaday, owner, The Canaday Group; Scharrell Jackson, Chief Financial Officer, Squar Milner; Renee Mazeroll, RN, Executive Director, St. Joseph Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; Nella Webster, Principal, Palo Capital; and Aimee Weisner, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences.

The event was sponsored nationally by Macy's and Merck, and locally by St. Joseph Hospital, Edwards Lifesciences, SMS Specialized Marketing Services, Inc., UC Irvine Healthcare, Independence Bank, Kaiser Permanente, First Foundation and Ista Pharmaceuticals.

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in women, claiming the lives of 430,000 women every year. More women die of cardiovascular diseases than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Go Red For Women raises awareness of heart disease in women and empowers them to take charge of their health.

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