It’s said that we do everything bigger (and better) in Texas. Well the American Heart Association of Tarrant County did their Go Red Luncheon bigger and better than most. It was a virtual sea of every bright shade of red that one could imagine. Even the men wore something red.
The beautiful Omni Hotel had the fireplace going, and the smiles of the valet’s and others were as big and bright as anything that Texas has seen. After stopping at the registration desk and receiving instructions on bidding on the wonderful items at the silent auction, I decided to attend the healthy cooking demonstration presented by the head chef at Texas Health Harris Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He was entertaining and informative. While he talked about his dishes some attendees sipped on their mimosa’s from the reception. He had a question and answer session, and then a delicious tasting of “heart healthy” food.
The silent auction had everything (no I did not get anything) from jewelry to suites at the Ballpark and more. There was no need to keep running back and forth to see if you were ahead on the bidding, all you needed was your phone.
Aside from the silent auction, there was information about heart disease, the dangers of smoking, CPR training and many other informational stations. The professionals at the stations were eager to answer any and all questions.
Karen Borta of CBS 11 served as the Mistress of Ceremony at the Heart Healthy Luncheon. The luncheon featured laughter, information and a powerful testimony given by Tabitha Millsop. The keynote address was given by actress and comedienne Tracey Conway who is also a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. She led all of us in a pledge to take care of our hearts.
As the attendees waited patiently for their cars, it was quite evident that the Go Red Luncheon had given everyone something to think about which is what the staff of the American Heart Association of Tarrant County wanted. You could overhear talks of loved ones with heart disease. There was talk of exercise and watching one’s diet. The American Heart Association of Tarrant County was blushing red. They had Tarrant County talking.
For more information about the number one killer of women (heart disease) go to www.heart.org to find your local chapter of the American Heart Association. They have information, plus opportunities to volunteer to assist the cause.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Pledge to keep it “heart healthy”.