American Heart Association’s Bay Area Go Red For Women® Luncheon Raises $220,000 to Fight Heart Disease

By: Press Release
| Published 02/27/2018


The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Bay Area Go Red For Women® Luncheon welcomed more than 400 of the area’s finest philanthropists, business leaders, and volunteers to the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center on Friday, Feb. 23. Newscaster Elissa Rivas from ABC13 emceed the event.

The luncheon, sponsored locally by Bay Area Regional Medical Center, and chaired by Loraine Lyons, brought in more than $220,000, as donors gave generously to fight the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans, heart disease and stroke.

“Each year’s Bay Area/Galveston Go Red For Women® Luncheon gets bigger and better,” Lyons said. “As the 2018 Go Red For Women® Campaign Chair, I want to thank all of the individuals and corporations who helped us with this successful event. I know their work in supporting healthy cultures within their companies, communities and homes will continue for years to come.”

Prior to the luncheon, guests got the chance to bid on incredible auction items, thanks to the leadership of auction chair, Laurie Dahse, including a beautiful heart-shaped necklace designed by David Yurman provided by Lewis Jewelers.

It was an emotional afternoon for the luncheon’s attendees, who heard local survivor Debbie Robinson, an emergency room technician, tell about having and surviving a heart attack. “I knew the symptoms, but it still happened to me and it happened at work,” she said.

In addition to hearing Robinson’s powerful story, guests cheered for survivors wearing selections from Macy’s who walked in the third annual Survivors with Style Fashion Show, chaired and created by Stephanie Rice and sponsored by Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

The luncheon closed with the showstopper and annual Heart Throb of the Year Competition, featuring:

Dr. Jason Gukhool – representing Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room – League City Jonathan Bender – representing Bay Area Regional Medical Center Chris Reed – representing All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, and James Blasczyk – representing Bay Area Regional Medical Center

In the end, fan favorite Reed took home the 2018 Heart Throb of the Year Award, sponsored by Texan Bank. The annual Bay Area Go Red For Women® Heart Throb competition, created by long-time AHA volunteer and Houston-based photographer, Sandy Adams, is a friendly competition among local Bay Area men, who are fighting against heart disease in women.

Go Red For Women® is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health. Top local sponsors included Bay Area Regional Medical Center, UTMB Health, US Anesthesia Partners, All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room – League City, Dr. Michael & Loraine Lyons, Marilyn Sims, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Texas Bank and Medtronic, Inc.

Media partners include Bay Area Houston Magazine and ABC13.

Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Experts estimate that education and lifestyle changes can help prevent 80 percent of cardiac events.

Go Red For Women® advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Local events help raise the significant funds necessary to save more lives.

The Bay Area Go Red For Women® Luncheon is still accepting donations. To find out more about how you can donate, or how to get involved, contact or visit