Seeing Red

Dallas stands up to heart disease with $1.5 million mega-luncheon

Dallas stands up to heart disease with $1.5 million mega-luncheon

Tavia Hunt,Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Mary Kate Marquez, Gracie Hunt
Tavia Hunt, Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Kate Rose Marquez, Gracie Hunt Photo by Scogin Mayo
Diane McNulty, Brynn Bagot Allday and family
Diane McNulty, Brynn Bagot Allday, and family Photo by Scogin Mayo
Janelle Walker, Lisa Cooley
Janelle Walker, Lisa Cooley Photo by Scogin Mayo
Kelly Pfeil, Madeline Sepcic, Go Red for Women 2018
Kelly Pfeil, Madeline Sepcic Photo by Scogin Mayo
Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Brown, Dr. John Warner
Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Brown, Dr. John Warner Photo by Scogin Mayo
Leeza Gibbons, Go Red for Women Dallas
TV host Leeza Gibbons emceed. Photo by Scogin Mayo
Faces of Heart survivors
Heart disease survivors take the stage. Photo by Scogin Mayo
Go Red for Women health screenings
The event included health screenings. Photo by Scogin Mayo
Tavia Hunt,Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Mary Kate Marquez, Gracie Hunt
Diane McNulty, Brynn Bagot Allday and family
Janelle Walker, Lisa Cooley
Kelly Pfeil, Madeline Sepcic, Go Red for Women 2018
Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Brown, Dr. John Warner
Leeza Gibbons, Go Red for Women Dallas
Faces of Heart survivors
Go Red for Women health screenings

What: Go Red For Women Luncheon

Where: Omni Dallas Hotel

The 411: More than 1,100 passionate people wore red to this annual luncheon, co-chaired by Lisa Cooley and Janelle Walker, to help raise awareness and funds for research and education programs that fight heart disease and strokes in women. Guests took part in health screenings, CPR training, cooking demos, and even a silent auction — which made this luncheon more interactive and unique than the typical dine-and-dash style daytime fete.

A particularly moving moment came when more than 75 heart disease survivors took the stage to encourage men and women to be part of the fight against heart disease and stroke. Emmy award winner Leeza Gibbons then moderated a roundtable conversation with American Heart Associations's CEO Nancy Brown and National Board President Dr. John Warner that involved open dialogue about the local and national work of the organization.

This year's luncheon, which is one of the top fundraising luncheons in the country for the American Heart Association, raised just over $1.5 million for the Dallas division.

Who: Tiffany Divis, Bela Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Tavia Hunt, Gracie Hunt, Tracy Lange, Claire Emanuelson, Katherine Coker, Anne Stodghill, Venise Stuart, Caroline Kraddick, Shelle Sills, Sandi Haddock, Millie Cooper, Kelly Pfeil, Madeline Sepcic, Diane McNulty, and Kate Rose Marquez.