Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Sweet 15 event was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, which was beautifully adorned with vivid red décor and featured several exhibitions and vendors.  The keynote speaker was Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation and mother of the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. A memorable guest appearance was made by Dancing With the Stars very own Val Chmerkovskiy and an exquisite dance team from Dance With Me Studios. The night was a vision in red thanks to the Signature Sponsor, Avanti Senior Living, the event chair, Lori Alford, and various others who truly poured their hearts into the event.

(L-R) Cliff McAden, Jennifer Rivera, and Janine Jones

Each year attendees adorn themselves in red in support of the event’s mission of improving women’s health. Heart disease is a leading epidemic impeding women’s health in today’s society. Many heart diseases are preventable, which is why Go Red for Women seeks to educate and promote change in order to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world.

A special guest truly impacted the audience while speaking on the severity of the issue. Anna King, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 12 and received a heart transplant at the age of 14, shared her story at the local event and truly captivated the audience with her remarkable testimony about heart health. Anna is an avid advocate for the cause and will even be sharing her story in a TED Talk.

(L-R) Dr Shilpa Vaidya, Brenda Tharian, Rashmi Gupta, and Anjali Reddy

The efforts of Go Red for Women have made bountiful strides in raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and have positively impacted those who participate in the campaign. An astonishing 95 percent of Go Red for Women supporters reported making at least one healthy change in their lives last year. Go Red for women has raised more than $500 million since its inception, which supports research, education, advocacy, as well as prevention and awareness programs around the country.

Attendees and guest performer enjoying the dance floor

For more information on the importance of heart health in Montgomery County, please visit www.montgomerycountygored.heart.org

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is a trusted and passionate force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women even though nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Go Red for Women has provided a platform for 15 years that promotes women coming together in order to raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocating for change, and improving the lives of women everywhere.

Val Chmerkovskiy and dance parter

Paul Pettie and Ian Ramirez

Heather Crowder, Stacey Schexnaildre, and Cheri Young

Julie Bell, Cheri Young, Lori Alford, and Karin Lara

Linda Nelson, Amanda Poole, Lisa Pugh, and Kim Koehn

Local Firefighters supporting Go Red for Women

Micah Tipler, Diane Kink, and Candi Guilbeau

Parish Underwood, Adria Kenney, and Melissa Christaldi

Heart Ball 2019 – Get Your Heart in the Game

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was flooded with gorgeous gowns for an amazingcause this past weekend as the community came out to support heart health at the 2019 Montgomery County Heart Ball. The event benefits the American Heart Association which has funded more than $3.5 billion in research since 1949 in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.

The legacy sponsors of the event were Suzanne and Bob Potter, while North Side Imports Houston served as the presenting sponsor. Sondra, MJ, and Chris Ruhman were the event chairs for the sports-themed gala, and Christen and Brad Kaufman were honorees.

Heart Survivor, Bryce Deegear, a Woodlands High School student, received a standing ovation and was joined by his soccer teammates when he shared his touching story of being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and having to stop competitive soccer due to a defibrillator.

Guests supported the cause through the bid-board and live auctions that were filled with fantastic prizes. Attendees enjoyed the glamorous décor, exquisite dinner, and dancing to world-renowned DJ, Mick following dinner at the after-event lounge.

The mission of the American Heart Association is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The AHA was founded in 1924 and educates lawmakers, policymakers and the public. They fund research and education and are advocates for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk. To learn more please visit: https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/texas/montgomery-county

Wade and Stephanie Watson

Jennifer Bruse and Rod Prado

Bryan and Mary Neskora, Sharon and Bob Kroslowitz

Brandi and Brandon Berryhill

Jenny Hiser and Haley Garcia

Christine Butuc and Laurie Shea

Bret and Angela Strong

Amy Young, Elvira Graham, Candice Burrows, Amy Torres, Aimee Willetts

Dawn Rawson, Stacey Boarke, Gina Rodriguez, Sandy Morrow, Christina Clark

 

Heart Ball 2018

Chairs, Bryan and Marina Frenchak, led an unforgettable evening at the 23rd annual American Heart Association Heart Ball themed “A Night at the Grand Prix: Rev Your Hearts.” The event raised nearly $1 million toward the fight against heart disease and stroke. Highlighting the impactful evening was the story of baby Halle Spivey told by her parents. At only 14 months of age, her miraculous story of survival inspired over 600 guests to support the efforts of the American Heart Association. Funds raised will be used for research, education, and advocacy for better health. It was a wonderful evening dedicated to Saving Lives!