With a theme of Peace, Heart and Rock ‘N Roll, guests walked the red carpet recently for the Go Red For Women annual dinner. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Bob Moore of Munroe Regional Medical Center. Guests enjoyed a silent auction during the social hour followed by dinner, dessert, live music and dancing. Live music was performed by Peace of Woodstock.
Robyn Stowell, chief nursing officer of MRMC, and Lisa Capps, assistant chief nursing officer of MRMC, were co-chairs.
They emphasize: “We are honored to serve as the 2017 Go Red for Women chairs for the Marion County American Heart Association. Heart disease affects and strikes each of us in many different ways. We all have friends and family members who have been affected by this disease. It is a privilege and an honor to continue the good work that this women’s health-driven annual event has achieved each year and give back to the community in support of this great organization.”
The success of the evening, with many guests in themed hippie costumes, was ensured by the dedication and hard work of the executive leadership team, which included: Ginger Carroll; Tina Chandra, D.D.S.; Lori Dennis; Diana Lammermeier; Angela Lennon; Angie Lewis; Hima Mikkilineni, M.D.; Kim Panzer; Colleen Powell; Srisha Rao, M.D.; and Marion County Commissioner Michelle Stone. Also instrumental were Men Go Red Chairmen Jim Henningsen and Tom Ingram.
While there are too many event sponsors to list here, key sponsors included: Munroe Heart of Munroe Regional Medical Center, DeLuca Toyota, Macy’s, CVS Health, Ocala Health, Signature Brands, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Adena Springs, Braised Onion, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Kitchen & Spice, Latinos Y Mas, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mimi’s Café, the Ocala Civic Theatre and many other generous sponsors.
Even if you were unable to attend the 2017 Go Red for Women annual dinner, it is not too late to get involved in such a worthwhile enterprise. Go Red for Women’s Circle of Red and Men Go Red is a powerful, passionate group of people striving to making an impact in our community’s fight against heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women. These groups are a great place to build professional relationships and gain personal, long-lasting friendships. Members donate a minimum gift of $1,000 annually for Circle of Red and Men Go Red to support the Go Red for Women movement and serve as ambassadors for the cause. If you are interested in joining the Circle of Red or Red Tie Society, please call (800) 257-6941 ext. 8018.
If you are a woman reading this and cannot make the commitment to join the Circle of Red, there are still things you can do to fight heart disease. For example, commit to exercising regularly, eating a healthier diet, visiting the doctor for important tests and influencing others by talking about heart health. Above all, we need to raise awareness for women’s heart health to protect and save the lives of our wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, cousins and friends. Make plans now to participate in the 2017 Marion County Heart Walk, chaired by Lockheed Martin’s Bill Paul, on Saturday, October 7 at the Baseline Road Trailhead.