Main Event: Go Red for Women strives to stem the tide of heart disease

Posted by on March 28, 2012

Posted: Mar 27, 2012, 7:19 am

By Debi Neville
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is a special day for women. This year’s sold-out event, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Rochester on Feb. 14, featured a variety of fun and informative ways to focus on fighting heart disease.

“Make it Your Mission to Fight Heart Disease in Women” was this year’s theme for the fundraising event that benefits the American Heart Association. National sponsors were Macy’s and Merck.

Featured at the event were a variety of cooking demonstrations, massages, raffles, a silent auction, salon makeovers and a fashion show featuring models who have had a personal experience with heart disease.

“There is a lot going on here,” said Neia Mua, of the American Heart Association. “I think we have more than 300 here at the luncheon.”

Denise Higgins, of Rochester, was a first-time attendee at the luncheon.

“I am supporting the cause and enjoying the variety of things to see and do,” she said.

“I did not know it was the No. 1 killer of women,” said Karen Fetterly, of Spring Valley. “This is so important, to raise the awareness of this disease.”

Exhibitor Laura Oelkers, of Rochester’s Coram Infusion and Apria Healthcare, was providing education and information about the IV solutions available for those dealing with health care issues. “The attendance and interest has been very good,” she said.

“I am helping the models at the fashion show and helped nearly 50 women with touch-ups tips today,” said Shelby Wagner, of Rochester, representing Clinique makeup at Macy’s. “Women were asking about the new spring trends and colors. It is sort of a teaching opportunity on many fronts.”

The luncheon began with a humorously written, short film that depicted how some women put self-care last. That was followed by a keynote address by Dr. Rekha Mankad, an instructor of medicine and consultant in the division of cardiovascular diseases at Mayo Clinic.

Anne Thorkildson, of the American Heart Association, says this year’s event raised a total of $56,624 for the fight against heart disease.”go red for women”

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Debi Neville is a Rochester freelance writer.

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