When you’re deciding what to wear today, choose red. You’ll be joining thousands of others across the country who want to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in women on National Wear Red Day. But don’t stop with your red outfit; go ahead and make plans to attend the Tarrant County Go Red luncheon Feb. 28 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
Guests at the Staying Alive-themed luncheon will hear a powerful keynote address by U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer after they have participated in free health screenings, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations and shopping at a silent auction. And in a new twist, hands-only CPR training will be provided to every attendee at the event.
“I believe we are the first Go Red luncheon in the whole country to teach CPR,” said longtime Fort Worth resident Shirley Turner, who with her husband, Wes, is chairing the event. This unique opportunity to teach the lifesaving technique at the event is made possible by the Turners’ personal gift to the Go Red for Women campaign.
According to the American Heart Association, hosts of the luncheon, “Heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of all women, taking more lives than the next four leading causes of death combined. Each year, one in three women will lose their lives to heart disease.”
There’s a busy agenda at this fast-paced event, so arrive promptly at 10 a.m. so you won’t miss any activities. Start with a mimosa reception and move on to the free health screenings and then attend the heart health readiness breakout sessions.
Grace Restaurant chef Blaine Staniford will be there to do heart-healthy cooking demonstrations sponsored by the Texas Beef Council and is also providing the luncheon meal. And don’t forget to stop by the Estee Lauder Lipstick Touch-up stations that Macy’s is planning.
Multiple stations equipped with manikins and trainers provided by Texas Health Resources, a local event sponsor, will facilitate the CPR training efficiently and enable everyone to quickly learn the lifesaving process.
In charge of the silent auction is Liz Johnston, who has secured an impressive selection including a helicopter ride over Fort Worth from Bell Helicopter; two tickets for the Dallas Cowboys’ opening game of the 2014 season; a Cool Sculpting package from Fusion Women’s Health; and earrings from the Tacori Barbados Blue Collection.
Vollmer, who grew up in Granbury, was diagnosed with Long Q-T syndrome (LQTS) at age 15. It is a rare hereditary disorder that can occur in otherwise healthy people, usually children or young adults, and may or may not cause outward symptoms. The audience will love her remarkable story of extraordinary success in spite of her diagnosis.
Turner said that Vollmer’s mother, Cathy, will also speak at the luncheon and that her message “will underscore how no one goes through heart disease alone.”
Kudos to the executive leadership team working on the Go Red event along with committee members Traci H. Bernard, Sara Camp, Anne Holland, Gus S. Bates, Susan Nix and Diane Ayres.
According to Turner, 90 percent of women who get involved in the American Heart Association’s Go Red movement make a health change themselves. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her personal testimonial about lowering her cholesterol by 80 points since she got involved is impressive. “The research that AHA enables is really changing lives,” Turner said.
Although more than 850 tickets have been sold, space is still available at the luncheon. Tickets cost $100 each. Buy online at tarrantcountygored.heart.org or call Nikki Vassar at 817-698-5443 or Claire Kinzy at 214-712-1330.
May I suggest you make the month of February your time to experience the cultural arts scene in Arlington? The city offers a rich variety of chances to enjoy theater and other cultural adventures.
Disney’s Mulan Jr. opens Feb. 21 at Theatre Arlington. Take the family and “travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China through the action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s film.” Tickets are online at www.TheatreArlington.org or call the box office at 817-275-7661.
The Arlington Museum of Art’s current exhibit, “Artists in Motion,” is open until Feb. 16 and features artwork by Texas artist Donray and costumes from designers Ric Leal, Masako Parshall and Judana Lynn.
Timeless Concerts will perform a Valentine’s Day concert at the museum. The music will include Piazzolla tangos and romantic Broadway tunes. Get tickets at www.TimelessConcerts.com.
And opening Feb. 19 is the Arlington school district’s expansive Youth Art Month exhibit featuring great artwork from young student artists. Details at www.arlingtonmuseum.org.
At the Creative Arts Theatre & School, Robin Goodfellow opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 1, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays.
The show is “an enchanting fantasy by Aurand Harris and William Shakespeare, and is a blend of slapstick, suspense, music, dancing and Shakespeare's lyric poetry.” Get tickets at www.creativearts.org or call 817-861-2287.