Go Red For Women

Ladies in red open their hearts and wallets to fund Dallas health program

Ladies in red open hearts and wallets to fund Dallas health program

Paige McDaniel, Tavia Hunt, Kate Meyer
Paige McDaniel, Tavia Hunt, Kate Meyer Photo by James Edward
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Heather Hooper
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Heather Hooper Photo by Scogin Mayo
Meredith O'Neil, Geoffrey O'Neil
Meredith O'Neil, Geoffrey O'Neil Photo by Scogin Mayo
Dr. Kami Banks, John Richard
Dr. Kami Banks, John Richard Photo by James Edward
Dr. John Warner, Dr. Helen Hobbs, Tim Wallace, Nancy Brown, Jean Savage, Ron Haddock
Dr. John Warner, Dr. Helen Hobbs, Tim Wallace, Nancy Brown, Jean Savage, Ron Haddock Photo by James Edward
Stacey Johnson, Judy Hendrick, Tom Hendrick
Stacey Johnson, Judy Hendrick, Tom Hendrick Photo by James Edward
Mary Henderson, Gail Peck, Tim Wallace, Dani Barrows, Melendy Lovett, Dr. Helen Hobbs
Mary Henderson, Gail Peck, Tim Wallace, Dani Barrows, Melendy Lovett, Dr. Helen Hobbs Photo by Scogin Mayo
Empress Gilbert, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Empress Gilbert, Rhonda Sargent Chambers Photo by James Edward
Katherine Coker, Key Coker
Katherine Coker, Key Coker Photo by James Edward
Diane Parmerlee, Elise Mobley Turner
Diane Parmerlee, Elise Mobley Turner Photo by James Edward
Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders Photo by Scogin Mayo
Cianna Levi gets her blood pressure checked.
Cheerleader Cianna Levi gets her blood pressure checked. Photo by James Edward
Dr. Thomas Russell, Barclay Berdan
Dr. Thomas Russell, Barclay Berdan Photo by James Edward
Sarch Puckett, Kelly Rasberry, Elise Mobley Turner, Laurie Gibson
Sarch Puckett, Kelly Rasberry, Elise Mobley Turner, Laurie Gibson Photo by Scogin Mayo
Paige McDaniel, Tavia Hunt, Kate Meyer
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Heather Hooper
Meredith O'Neil, Geoffrey O'Neil
Dr. Kami Banks, John Richard
Dr. John Warner, Dr. Helen Hobbs, Tim Wallace, Nancy Brown, Jean Savage, Ron Haddock
Stacey Johnson, Judy Hendrick, Tom Hendrick
Mary Henderson, Gail Peck, Tim Wallace, Dani Barrows, Melendy Lovett, Dr. Helen Hobbs
Empress Gilbert, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Katherine Coker, Key Coker
Diane Parmerlee, Elise Mobley Turner
Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders
Cianna Levi gets her blood pressure checked.
Dr. Thomas Russell, Barclay Berdan
Sarch Puckett, Kelly Rasberry, Elise Mobley Turner, Laurie Gibson

Even though downtown Dallas was recently overrun with tiny cheerleaders competing for the national championship title, it's clear where the waves of women in red were heading: the 2020 Go Red for Women luncheon.

Put on by the American Heart Association and chaired this year by Judy Hendrick, the massive gathering helps raise awareness and funds for preventing, researching, and treating heart disease and strokes. And raise these more than 1,000 attendees did, to the tune of $1.8 million and counting.

The first stop was a step-and-repeat where guests were encouraged to place a flower in the greenery wall in honor of those suffering from cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in women.

Then it was onto the health screenings provided by Texas Health Resources, a relaxation station that explored how to apply stress-relieving techniques, and a puppy play area that helped underscore the impact pets can have on overall health.

Guests — who included Tavia Hunt, Courtney Kerr, Kellie Rasberry, Mary Parker, Nancy Gopez, Katherine and Key Coker, Melinda Knowles, Regina Bruce, Nancy and Gary Brown, Sandi and Ron Haddock, Lisa and Dr. John Warner, CEO of Texas Health Barclay Berdan, Stacy Johnson, Elise Mobley Turner, and Diane Parmerlee — also browsed the silent auction.

Prizes ranged from beauty baskets and dining experiences to sports memorabilia and lavish excursions to Chicago and New York. Attendees could also purchase a bottomless Champagne flute for $100, to add a little bubbly to the afternoon.

Tim Wallace and the women of Trinity Industries and Arcosa were recognized as the Sandi Haddock Community Impact Honorees for the historical impact they have made on the AHA's life-saving mission. For more than 11 years, Trinity Industries has raised nearly $7.5 million for the Association, led by the leadership of Wallace.

During the Open Your Heart portion of the program, attendees heard from heart survivor Meredith O'Neal. In 2018, O'Neal suffered a life-threatening aortic dissection when she was 37 weeks pregnant. She underwent two emergency surgeries, where physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas saved her and her baby, Geoffrey. Thanks to her awareness of her family history, she sought medical attention immediately, which ultimately saved her life. The Open Your Heart Campaign raised a record-breaking $269,000, more than double last year's amount.

This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention. She detailed how the first-ever Go Red luncheon was established, and how it has grown to a powerhouse fundraiser across the nation. Dr. Steinbaum also stressed the importance of knowing the signs of cardiac distress in women, and how they vary from the symptoms traditionally seen in men.

For 16 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change, and improve the lives of all women everywhere. To donate or for more information, visit heart.org/dallasgored.