OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 3, 2023 – Leaders of an Oklahoma City Go Red for Women movement built on the success of last year’s luncheon by sticking to the script while adding new aspects, such as a fashion show featuring prominent women heart and stroke survivors.
The luncheon, held Nov. 2 at the Meinders Hall of Mirrors at the Civic Center Music Hall, raised more than $250,000 for the American Heart Association’s mission, including improving maternal health outcomes, which was the local Go Red for Women movement’s focus in OKC for 2022-23. About $18,000 was raised at the luncheon through Open Your Heart gifts, a raffle and other on-site donations.
Go Red for Women is designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally and globally. About 200 women attended the local event, some 20 more than last year, said Madison Duley, development director over OKC Go Red for Women.
A panel consisting of Drs. Ronan Bakker, Katherine Hays, Mitchell West and Subha Varahan discussed aspects of the maternal health – the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
Sponsors who attended the luncheon included R.K. Black Inc., Norman Regional Health System, Chickasaw Nation, Integris Health, Devon Energy, MidFirst Bank and others.
Models in the fashion show, all survivors, were Amy Bailey, Brenda Simon, Janae Larson, Erin Page, Shawna Kelley, Kathy Wilson-Gold and Karen Goodnight. Bailey and Shelly Douglas were this year’s luncheon co-chairpersons. Cynthia Black, of R.K. Black Inc., was honored as the 2023 OKC Woman of Impact winner.
“Everyone loved the fashion show and how we incorporated survivors. We do what we do for them,” said Duley. “The panel discussion always does well with people as it is an organic conversation and flows very well.”
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
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