AHA Go Red for Women luncheon set for April 28

March 15, 2017 GMT

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce it will honor Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce President at its upcoming Northwest Harris County

Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, April 28 at the Red Oak Ballroom at CityCentre Houston.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the honoree for this year’s Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon,” said Martone. “The American Heart Association means a great deal to me so this is a true honor.”

The Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon, sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Memorial Hermann Cypress and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, is anticipated to draw more than 500 attendees and plans on raising $200,000 for the mission of the AHA.

“We are pleased to honor Leslie Martone at this year’s Go Red for Women Luncheon,” said Courtney Altimore, Director of Business Development at Memorial Hermann Cypress and Chair for the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon. “The Northwest Harris County area is very fortunate to have her advocating for our community in so many aspects, including heart disease and stroke. We are thrilled to honor her for her efforts.”


Martone has been involved with the AHA for nearly 10 years, and has been a community advocate for the organization’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“Leslie is a champion for all things heart. She has been a longtime advocate for the American Heart Association, and the sudden loss of her mother to a stroke two years ago gives her another why to continue supporting this important cause,” said Leslie Francis, Director of Marketing and Business Relations at Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District and Open Your Heart Chair for the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon.

The luncheon will also feature several fun activities including a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items, learn about heart health at various health booths in the room, try out a new shade of red lipstick at the Macy’s cosmetic stations, learn Hands-Only CPR and take a memorable photo at the Selfie Station sponsored by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often hidden and misunderstood. Go Red for Women brings attention to the effects of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Funds raised at the Go Red for Women luncheons fund research specifically geared towards women, education and legislative advocacy programs.

More than 275 women’s lives have been saved each day since Go Red for Women’s inception in 2004. Currently, some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believes that heart disease is a serious health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

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