There wasn’t a seat left in the house for the Go Red for Women’s luncheon Wednesday. Three hundred forty people attended this year’s event held at the McNease Convention Center.
Christy Ross, Go Red for Women chair, had a goal of raising at least $100,000. This is the 10th year the organization has hosted the event and the first year to donate over $100,000 to donate to the local American Heart Association. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. All of the money raised will go towards research and educating women about heart health.
During the event, keynote speaker Col. Parker Schenecker, inspired the audience through his touching speech. He spoke about the tragedy of losing his children six years ago while he was overseas serving his country. His wife shot their two children in Florida. Schenecker said while media was concerned about the circumstances surrounding the children’s death, he decided to make a promise to always remember his children, not how they were taken from him. The promise he made played into the theme of his speech.
Attendees received blank cards with the phrase “Because I said I would” written on the bottom. The cards were designed to encourage people to stay healthy and keep their goals or promises.
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day. It’s designed to raise awareness about heart disease and to educate women. According to the American Red Cross, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented through education and action.