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American Heart Association of Northwest Harris County is gearing up for another season of preparation and excitement as they plan for the 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for February 2012. This empowering event focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention among women by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising funds to support the fight against the No.1 killer of women – heart disease.
The year-round Go Red for Women campaign began last week as event chairs were selected, with Beryl Ramsey, CEO of Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, and Wayne Voss, CEO of Methodist West Houston Hospital, leading the efforts to help raise $155,000 to support this important cause. Ramsey is returning for her second year as the Go Red Chair, having chaired last year’s event, and is bringing on Voss to co-chair.

This past year’s 2011 Go Red for Women Luncheon was a success, gathering together over 350 business and community leaders in West and Northwest Houston and the surrounding areas. The luncheon raised over $135,000 to help provide women with the knowledge and tools needed to take immediate action to reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke. Because of the tremendous success and response from 2011, the American Heart Association of Northwest Harris County set a new goal of $155,000, more than a 20 percent increase over last year’s goal, and are confident that the community will once again band together to bring about healthy and needed change.

The 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon is projected to draw more than 400 luncheon goers, with a goal of raising a record breaking amount for heart health advocacy and research. One in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease, and 90 percent of all American women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Go Red for Women celebrates the energy, passion and power that women can use to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

The 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon will be an event you will not want to miss, but with details such as date and venue still to be announced, make sure to stay tuned for more event information as it becomes available. For more information, visit goredforwomen.org.

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