The 2016 Go Red Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. This 7th annual American Heart Association (AHA) event aims to educate attendees about heart disease and stroke in women while raising research funds to help educate, diagnose, and treat these diseases.
The 2016 Crystal Heart Awards will be presented to two honorees, Dr. Reed Quinn and Katie Fullam Harris. Dr. Quinn is the state’s only pediatric heart surgeon and is Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Maine Medical Center. He will be honored for saving thousands of young lives, providing outstanding support to Maine families dealing with heart defects, and for his generosity with providing free surgeries for children in Maine and abroad. He is the founder of the Maine Foundation for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, which funds six to eight operation in Maine every year.
Harris is the Senior Vice President of Government and Employer Relations at MaineHealth. She will be honored for her extensive work in public health advocating for quality health care across Maine and for her service on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. She is also a long-standing volunteer with the AHA and served as a past Go Red Luncheon Chairwoman.
This year’s Luncheon is being led by Pat Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. Weigel and her committee are planning an exciting day with inspirational speakers, educational workshops, health screenings, an amazing silent auction, and a heart-healthy lunch with a goal to raise $300,000. Macy’s – the national sponsor of Go Red For Women – will provide gift cards for all attendees and will be on site with store vendors offering free services. Several breakout sessions will be offered including “Elder Care Planning and Solutions” presented by Martin’s Point Health Care, “Well-Being in the Workplace” presented by Red Thread/Steelcase, and Hands-Only CPR demonstrations by MaineHealth.
In addition, Norway Savings Bank is sponsoring the 2016 Go Red Casting Call to select a group of six women who will serve as the official Go Red spokeswomen for Maine. “We encourage women who have a compelling story to share to apply to become a Go Red For Women spokesperson during our Casting Call,” said Weigel. “Applications will be accepted in our branches and online through November 30th. The American Heart Association will select six women to be featured in a special video that will be unveiled at the event and shown throughout the year to help educate our community about heart disease and stroke in women.”
The Go Red For Women campaign is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by the statewide Maine Goes Red sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as well as the following local sponsors: MaineHealth, Martin’s Point Health Care, Mid Coast Hospital, Norway Savings Bank, and Red Thread/Steelcase. Media sponsors are The Forecaster, Channel 8 WMTW, and WPOR FM. Members of the 2016 Go Red Luncheon Committee are Eric Andrews, Bill Becker, Janice de Lima, Catherine Desrochers, Lucie Hannigan, Quincy Hentzel, Alison Herrick, Ed Kane, Mychelle Koutalakis, Jack Lufkin, Janet Ross, Lois Skillings, Carolyn Thomas, Linda Varrell, and Roberta Zimmerman.
The AHA is currently funding over $550,000 in cardiovascular research in Maine. Make sure you get your ticket now as this event has sold out for the last two years, or please make a donation to the AHA to help continue funding local research and education by visiting: Mainegoredluncheon.heart.org. For additional questions or to find out how to become a sponsor, please contact Katie Rooks, Go Red Luncheon Director, at 207-289-2388 or Katie.Rooks@heart.org.