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Bush Granddaughter and an Army of Stunning Ladies in Red Raise a Record $2 Million in Houston

This Party Had Plenty of Heart

BY // 05.29.19

What: American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon

Where: The Post Oak Hotel

PC Moment: With Barbara Pierce Bush, the presidential daughter and granddaughter, as guest speaker the 15th annual event, for which just about every female dresses in red, brought in a record $2 million for the AHA mission of reducing heart disease. The special guest’s grandmother, Barbara Bush, spoke at the annual Houston luncheon following her heart surgery in 2010. In the younger Barbara Bush’s interview with ABC 13’s Katherine Whaley, the discussion was on the power of advocacy in relation to women’s health.

Bush’s interest in universal health is widely known as she is the c0-founder and board chair of the non-profit Global Health Corps. (Bush took time out from her altruistic responsibilities in April to celebrate her October wedding to Craig Coyne.)

Leading the crusade of keeping women in touch with their overall health and heart health in particular was luncheon chair Hallie Vanderhider. It is estimated that one in three women in the United States die of heart-related illnesses. Thus, every third napkin at the luncheon tables was red, indicating that powerful number.

PC Seen: Heart disease survivor Becky Yanez who shared her story, Gayla Gardner, Rickie Duke, Vicki West, Dr. Patrick Carter, Gracie Cavnar, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Julie Roberts, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Yara E. Guest, Jim Wetwiska, Rachel Clingman, John Kim, Doug Lawson, and Debbie Moore.

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