LOS ANGELES – The American Heart Association (AHA) in Los Angeles will host its annual Go Red For Women Luncheon at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 7, 2015. The event’s goal is to empower women to take charge of their health and raise $500,000 for the mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The garden-themed affair, presented by sponsors Union Bank and Huntington Hospital, celebrates the American Heart Association’s thriving Teaching Garden program in Los Angeles which provides inner-city children a real-life laboratory where they learn to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and understand the value of good eating habits. The program will feature inspirational speakers, a silent auction, an informational health expo and a heart-healthy luncheon.
NBC4 Southern California’s award-winning news anchor Colleen Williams will be Master of Ceremony, and two exceptional individuals will be honored for their contributions to the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Cardiac and thoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato will be recognized with the Queen of Hearts award for her remarkable accomplishments in the field of medicine, her lifesaving work and outstanding service to the American Heart Association. Magliato is one of very few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. She is currently the Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica. A longtime AHA volunteer, Magliato was past president of the association’s Greater Los Angeles Division Board of Directors.
LA Kings radio commentator and retired hockey player Daryl Evans will receive the King of Hearts award for his commitment to advancing women’s heart health in Los Angeles. Evans’s support of the AHA mission is driven by his mother, a heart disease survivor. He has been volunteering with the AHA for several years and currently serves on the Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors. Evans spearheads the LA Kings charitable giving program that has benefited the American Heart Association for the past five years.
Terri Hernandez Rosales, Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for NBC4 Southern California, is the chairwoman of this year’s luncheon along with an executive leadership team made up of women representing a wide range of industries. NBC4 has committed valuable support to the event as the media sponsor, giving the AHA the opportunity to spread lifesaving messages to women and their families throughout the Southland.
Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women and they are deadlier than all forms of cancer combined, yet only one in five American women believes that cardiovascular disease is her greatest health threat. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement provides women with tools and resources they need to live longer, stronger, healthier lives.
Funds raised at the luncheon support the American Heart Association’s lifesaving work, including funding innovative scientific research, bringing health education programs to children and adults in the community, setting science-based best practices for treating heart disease and stroke and advocating for policies that positively impact cardiovascular health.
The Los Angeles Go Red For Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally presented by Union Bank. Additional local sponsors include Huntington Hospital, NBC4 Southern California and Ralph’s/Food4Less.
Sponsorship and donation information is available at lagored.ahaevents.org or (213) 291-7051.