Hundreds of women gather in Waco for heart health awareness luncheon
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 11:09pm
Waco, Tx — Hundreds of women were seeing red Tuesday morning, as they came out to the Tenth Annual "Go Red For Women Luncheon".
More than 250 Central Texas women gathered to participate in the event, which was sponsored by Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott and White Hospital, and the American Heart Association.
"We're just very happy to be a part of today and make this day a special day for our women here in Waco and Central Texas," said Alee Walker, Communication and Physican Relations spokeswoman at HIllcrest Baptist Medical Center.
One of the event's highlights was the "Purse-A-Nality" Auction, which was made possible through generous sponsors in the community. The sponsors filled purses up with items that represented their personality and event goers were able to bid on them.
"Go Red For Women" is a fun way for the community to come together and raise awareness of heart disease. According to Janet Ginsburg, Corporate Marketing Director for The American Heart Association in Waco, one in 2.5 women will be diagnosed with heart disease. Ginsburg says heart disease is completely preventable, yet it is the number one killer of men and women.
"It affects young people. It affects newborns. And, 75 percent of the proceeds we raise stays in the the local community. And, this is one of our events to bring awareness to women, primarily, and their loved ones," said Ginsburg.
Tickets to the event sold for 35 dollars each, which equals nearly nine thousand dollars raised for the local community.