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Go Red Lunch Raises a Whopping $1.5 Million With Plenty of Heart: Survivors Take the Stage to Spread Hope

BY Mary Spencer // 03.26.18

What: 2018 Dallas Go Red for Women Luncheon

Where: Omni Dallas Hotel

PC Moment: More than a 1,000 guests arrayed in bright shades of red took part in the 2018 Go Red for Women Luncheon in downtown Dallas to raise funds for research and education programs combating women’s heart disease and stroke.

In addition to lunch, the event served up health screenings, hands-on CPR training and cooking demonstrations.

An impressive $1,548,000 was raised for the Dallas division of the American Heart Association.

Attendees enjoyed bidding at a silent auction, and listened to a round table discussion with Emmy-award winner Leeza Gibbons, American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown, and National Board President Dr. John Warner about the national and local work that the American Heart Association is doing to diminish the threat of heart disease and stroke.

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Open Your Heart Survivor and 2018 Sandi Haddock Award Recipient, Diane McNulty and more than 75 heart survivors took to the stage to give the scarlet-clad crowd a personal glimpse into the fight with cardiovascular disease — and to give hope that these health problems can be overcome.

The philanthropic event was successful in raising money as well as awareness for heart disease and stroke.

“A woman dies approximately every 80 seconds from cardiovascular diseases,” says Melissa Cameron, executive director of the Dallas division. “Heart disease does not discriminate and can affect anyone. We’re thankful to be able to honor and celebrate heart survivors and put a face to heart disease.”

The luncheon was nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health and locally sponsored by BB&T and Texas Health Resources.

Who: Luncheon Co-chairs: Wealth Regional Director at BB&T, Janelle Walker and Dallas philanthropist Lisa Cooley, Leeza Gibbons, Melissa Cameron, Nancy Brown, Dr. John Warner, Diane McNulty, Brynn Bagot Allday and family, Kelly Pfeil, Madeline Sepcic, Tavia Hunt, Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Kate Rose Marquez and Gracie Hunt.

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