Go Red for Women was presented for the 18th year, drawing a crowd of 400 to the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red featured a luncheon and healthcare expo, as well as a fashion show presented by Toni’s in Style of Chagrin Falls which included individuals impacted by heart disease.
Guests donned the organization’s signature red and included individuals across Cleveland’s business, medical and social communities. Tables featured red accents with white hydrangeas serving as centerpieces.
The annual luncheon raised $700,000 in support of the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission to be a relentless force for a world in which people live longer, healthier lives. The luncheon was the culmination of a year-round campaign to raise awareness among women that heart disease is their number one health threat.
Catherine O’Malley Kearney, head of Institutional Advisors for Key Private Bank, chaired the event with Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC Studios, serving as emcee. Next year’s chairs were also on hand, including Alberta Lee and Shelly Cayette, executives with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Go Red’s local presenting sponsor was University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, Sam J. Frankino Foundation.
Open Your Heart Survivor DeAnn Bartram was recognized, with Dr. Anene Ukaigwe, interventional cardiologist at UH’s Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, serving as keynote speaker.
With a theme off “Reclaim Your Rhythm,” the event featured moving speeches as well as educational information and an outpouring of support for the cause, with the entire crowd waving red ribbons in the air as a sign of hope at one point during the afternoon.
For 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness of heart disease. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease, according to the mission. It challenges them to know their risk for heart
disease and to take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters.
A Dallas-based organization, the American Heart Association has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. STORY BY SUE REID/PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID AND JASON MILLER/PIXELATE PHOTOGRAPHY