Take a Picture…Red

by Tania Ginoza on November 21, 2012 · 11 comments

This past Saturday, the American Heart Association held their annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Wailea.  Go Red for Women is the Association’s program that provides education and research to prevent and treat heart disease in women.  I was on the committee as the silent auction chair and after months of planning, we saw our efforts come to life as red dresses and origami hearts graced the ballroom at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

The event was a success with a health expo, expert panel and a healthy cooking demonstration.  Survivors walked the runway and our guests also enjoyed a bit of shopping at the silent auction.  This shot was taken as we set up for the event the night before and are the event’s “open your heart” boxes.

Did you know that many women often don’t realize they are experiencing a heart incident?  We can have very different symptoms than men. I attended last year’s event as a guest and was so moved by everything I learned that day as well as by the survivor’s stories that I decided to volunteer for this year’s event.  I wrote a post last year where I shared links and videos to material from the Association that is both entertaining and informative.  Since then, I’ve also posted important information about the signs of a heart or stroke incident at home, in my parents’ kitchen and at the office.

To learn more about Go Red for Women or to donate, visit their site today.

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another jennifer November 21, 2012

I love this post! The photo is gorgeous, and the story is even better. Congrats on a successful event. I know how much goes in to planning those kind of fundraisers. It’s no easy task!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to post for “red” until I found myself in a Boston T station this week (the red line, of course). There’s something about the grittiness of subway stations that I love. So I took a photo!

Have a wonderful Thankgiving, Tanya.


lisacng @ expandng.com November 21, 2012

Great job on the event, from the pics on IG, it seemed beautifully done. Great way to raise awareness! Have a great Thanksgiving and hope the aftermath isn’t too hectic :)


Tania November 21, 2012

Thanks ladies! I’m quite relieved it’s over! The Maui volunteers for the American Heart Association is such a wonderful group. I feel very fortunate to have worked with them on this event. It’s the first time I was in charge of something at an event. I usually do day volunteering or I do something like publicity so it was a new experience for me.


Beth Mathias November 21, 2012

Great job by staff (the fabulous Kauwela), Go Red Ambassadors, the Kea Lani team and all the wonderful volunteers. A “Heart” warming event to be sure. It certainly makes me realize all I have to be thankful for this holiday. Mahalo!


Tania November 25, 2012

I am so impressed by all of you Beth. One of the reasons I volunteered is the cause, the other was the people.


Ihilani November 21, 2012

Awesome photo! So interesting, almost like an optical illusion. How nice that the even was before Thanksgiving so you can relax for the holiday. Happy Turkey Day!


Tania November 25, 2012

Agreed! Thanksgiving is the last lazy weekend I get before the financial year end closing so it was nice to have the volunteering completed.


Courtney - Maui Jungalow November 24, 2012

Congrats on a successful event! The day of the event is when everything has to come together, which can be a hair-raising experience no matter how carefully one plans. Kudos for your volunteer and PR work.


Tania November 25, 2012

So true. The only large event I’ve been responsible for was my wedding and acknowledging that things can and will go wrong went a long way to not completely losing it. I definitely have a list of things I could’ve done better for next year!

Thanks Courtney!


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