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American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women raises awareness and critical funds

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In the Associations 100th year, more than 1,170 people dressed in red swept through Montgomery County, Northwest Harris County, and the Bay Area for the annual Go Red for Women Movement and experience, uniting the community in the fight against heart disease. These events, held to raise awareness and funds for heart health, and advancements in heart health and chart a new course toward a world free of cardiovascular disease, which claims the lives of 1 in 3 women.

Montgomery County Go Red Luncheon

Chaired by dedicated community leaders Elvira Graham and Lonny Soza, the Montgomery County Go Red Luncheon was a resounding success. Held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 450 attendees were treated to an afternoon of inspirational stories, heart health education, and a First Responder Fashion Show, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The event highlighted the importance of preventive measures and the latest advancements in cardiac care, while showcasing the true resilience of the community.

“Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and events like these are crucial in spreading awareness and encouraging women to take charge of their heart health,“ said 2024 Chair Elvira Graham. “We’re grateful for the community’s support and participation.”

Elvira and Amy's table at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon; Photo courtesy of AHA
Elvira Graham and Amy Torres’s table at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon; Photo courtesy of AHA
Women of Impact at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon
Women of Impact at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon; Photo courtesy of AHA
Amy Young and Julie Lile at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon; Photo courtesy of AHA
Amy Young and Julia Miller Dell at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Luncheon; Photo courtesy of AHA
lonny elvira amy and tony MoCo; Photo courtesy of AHA
Lonny Soza, Elvira Graham, and Amy and Tony Torres; Photo courtesy of AHA

Northwest Harris County Go Red Dinner

Stacy Davis, 2024 Chair of the Northwest Harris County Go Red Dinner led a vibrant and engaging event with an attendance of 250 at Northgate Country Club. The Dinner featured Keynote addresses from Gulf Coast Board President, Jim Parisi, and Woman of Impact Nominee, Veronica Jones. The atmosphere was one of unity and hope, as participants donned their red 1920’s attire in support of the association 100th anniversary celebration.

“Seeing so many people come together for a cause that’s close to my heart is incredibly inspiring.” Said Stacy Davis. “Our goal is to continue educating the community and raising funds to support heart disease research.”

Bay Area Go Red Luncheon

The Bay Area Go Red Luncheon, co-chaired by Dr. Diann Gaalema, Dr. El Haddad, and Dr. Ivana Garza, of UTMB Health brought together 450 medical professionals, community advocates, and heart health enthusiasts at South Shore Harbour Resort. The Luncheon emphasized the critical role of early detection and the impact of lifestyle changes on heart health, with an in-depth panel discussion led by UTMB’s Co-chairs.

“Heart disease affects millions of women every year, but with proper education and resources, we can make a significant impact,” said Dr. Gaalema. “Our combined efforts at events like this help save lives.”

“But we can’t do it alone,” says Dr. El Haddad. “It’s time to make bold moves and support innovative solutions for women’s cardiovascular health. Go Red for your mother, your daughter, your friends, and yourself. Because when we come together, we can motivate, educate, support, and help save each other.”


All three Go Red Luncheons guests rallied together for a woman they love to raise over $750,000 to save and improve women’s lives by advancing equitable research and care, advocating for inclusive health policies, and raising awareness of women’s number one health threat, cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Since 2004, the Go Red for Women movement has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of CVD for women. As the movement celebrates 20 years of making an impact, the Association calls on all women to take charge of their health and make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of their community.

“Whether it’s learning CPR, knowing your own risk factors, having an honest conversation with your doctor, or empowering another woman to prioritize her own health and well-being, there are so many ways to create a legacy of health in our families and our community, “said Kellie Armstrong, Executive Director, Gulf Coast.

“Go Red for Women is here for women’s health and well-being at every age, stage and season of their lives,” Armstrong continued. “And by coming together and supporting the women in our community, we can make a lasting impact.”

Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and the Gulf Coast Go Red for Women Experiences are locally sponsored by St. Luke’s Health the Vintage Hospital The Post Oak Collection, The Woodlands, and UTMB Health.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 – our Centennial year – we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact, our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Go Red for Women® 

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For more than two decades, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721). 

Source: American Heart Association