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Go Red for Women
2-20-2009


For the 6th consecutive year, the American Heart Association hosted a Go Red for Women Luncheon and Health Expo. This year's theme was Red, Rock and Roll.

Go Red for Women Cleveland

Held at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel the event was filled with a sea of red as more than 500 women attended to learn more about women and heart issues, show support to the cause, hear some excellent speakers and, of course, enjoy a lovely lunch with friends.

The morning started with breakout sessions with demos on topics such as cooking and exercising. In addition there were health screenings and an expo of healthy woman centered items and companies.

Go Red for Women volunteers Jennifer Kubala and Amy Jo Sutterluety

Go Red for Women volunteers
Jennifer Kubala and Amy Jo Sutterluety


Monica Robins of WKYC emceed the event.

Monica Robbins of WKYC

Monica Robbins of WKYC


The keynote speaker was the very inspirational Diana Nyad, who has set numerous swimming records and has gone on to be a sports commentator. Diana opened her own business even though her career could have ended when a simple ignored cold turned into heart disease at a young age.

Diana Nyad

Keynote Speaker Diana Nyad


Local women who have overcome heart disease told their stories. One such woman was Katie Sutton who, at age 31 in 2002, experienced cardiac arrest. After another cardiac arrest in 2008, Katie was diagnosed with LQTS - Long QT Syndrome, very rare, but very deadly.

Dee Bout, Kristen Bates, Connie Powall, Katie Sutton, Kim Nicoletti, Kathy Tiboldi

Dee Bout, Kristen Bates, Connie Powell, Katie Sutton,
Kim Nicoletti and Kathy Tiboldi

It has been determined that her identical sister, Kristen Bates also has LQTS.

It is generally thought that had Katie not been diagnosed properly (partially thanks to her nurse husband, Rick) she would have suffered another attack, quite possibly fatal. Her sister would eventually have suffered the same fate.

The day was filled with stories of hope and cures. The band, Red Line, performed throughout the afternoon and the event culminated with a fashion show by fashion designer John Mendrea.

Band Red Line

Over $500,000 was raised including bids on terrific silent auction items. This money will go a long way to the fuel the research needed to prevent or cure this No. 1 killer of women.

Designer John Mendrea

Designer John Mendrea


See pictures of the Fashion Show and vote on your favorite design

For more information about Go Red For Women and other American Heart Association efforts, contact the Cleveland-area American Heart Association at 216-791-7500 or go online at www.americanheart.org and click on "Local branch" on the homepage.


Photos of Cleveland Women at the Go Red Event

Olympic Champion Dominique Moceanu

Olympic Champion Dominique Moceanu


Sandy Belaj of Fifth Third Bank

Sandy Belaj of Fifth Third Bank


Key Bank Cleveland District President Elizabeth Oliver

KeyBank Cleveland District President Elizabeth Oliver


Video message from Marie Osmond

Video message from Marie Osmond


Bridget Rehner and Victoria Dibe

Bridget Rehner and Victoria Dibe


Mia Yee, Mary Jo Butler, Stacy Beck and Doris Ivey

Mia Yee, Mary Jo Butler, Stacy Beck and Doris Ivey


Carolyn Sanford, Ellen Ilkanic, Karen Longert

Carolyn Sanford, Ellen Ilkanic and Karen Longert


Patti Heart and Cindy Shanbley - AHA volunteers

Patti Heart and Cindy Shanbley


Rachel Downey, Christina Ayers, Beth Loestock, Margie Flynn and Barb Brown

Rachel Downey, Christina Ayers, Beth Loestock, Margie Flynn and Barb Brown


Director Go Red For Women Event - Lindsay Leverson Silverstein

Lindsay Leverson Silverstein
Director of the Go Red For Women Event


Kateasha Attaher and Maureen Oswald

Kateasha Attaher and Maureen Oswald


Madge Stewart

Madge Stewart


Beth Myers and Laura Melvin RN

Beth Myers and Laura Melvin RN


Ashleigh Zelenskas (4) Barbara Kornuc (grandmother) Stefanie Zelesnkas (mother) and Nancy Book (friend)

Ashleigh Zelenskas (4) Barbara Kornuc (grandmother) Stefanie Zelesnkas (mother) and Nancy Book (friend)


Alexandra Johnston, Tessa Turnbaugh, Gina Ferris all from CWRU  Alpha Phi Sorority

Alexandra Johnston, Tessa Turnbaugh, Gina Ferris from CWRU Alpha Phi Sorority


Cleveland Heights Library Tonya Gibson and Steven Haynie

Steven Haynie and Tonya Gibson of Cleveland Heights Library


Getting red put in hair

Bella Hair added red to attendee's hair


Carmela Hill adds red to Debbie Hanson's hair

Carmela Hill adds red to Debbie Hanson's hair


Bishop Margaret Wells and Angela Wilson

Bishop Margaret Wells and Angela Wilson


Barbara Demagall of University Hospitals

Barbara Demagall of University Hospitals


Panera Bread

Panera Bread table


Kaufman Packaging Table

Kaufman Packaging Table


Giada De Laurentiis dress

Giada De Laurentiis dress


Giada De Laurentiis


Go Red for Women hat

Go Red for Women


Go Red for Women dress


See pictures of the Fashion Show
and vote on your favorite design




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