In 1997, my former boss, Wanda Horn, died unexpectedly from heart disease at a very young 57. Ever since then, I have paid more attention to the risks of heart disease and stroke, especially as they pertain to women because our symptoms are quite different from men’s.
I think of Wanda every year when the American Heart Association hosts its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon. The River Center Ballroom was a sea of red for this year’s celebration Feb. 12. There couldn’t have been a red item of clothing left in anyone’s closet.
Luncheon Chairwoman Candy Wright welcomed guests along with emcee Sylvia Weatherspoon. They also thanked major sponsors Albemarle Foundation and Price LeBlanc Lexus and presented them with a token of appreciation. Albemarle Foundation President Sandra Holub also crowned this year’s Lady in Red Winner — Keiuna Patin.
Sharing their heart-tugging, inspiring stories of survival were Jeannie Hargrave, Julie Reynolds and Cheri Termini. Later they joined the day’s other models in showcasing spring fashions from Macy’s. Stepping out on the runway in their oh-so-cute ensembles were C rystal Aantle, Sarah Badon, Brittany Batiste, Ashley Bridges, Abigail Cazes, Annie Coco and mom Mary Leah, Bria Coleman, Camryn Holub, Raven Kelley, Ainsley LeBlanc, Hannah LeBlanc, Jeff Martin, Madeline McCoy, Carla Mondt, Elle Morgan, Rachel Mounce, Jasmine Newsome, Ashley Reynolds, Riley Roberts, Laurie Robinson, Breanna Russell, Katie Spears, Maddie Temple, Kathy Victorian and Shivonne Wren.
Assisting Wright were fellow committee members Coletta Barrett, Rebecca Brown, Anna Cazes, Janice Chaisson, Linda Perez Clark, Bridgett Coleman, Sally Diez, Kristie Genzer, Stephanie Hughson, Renée Indest, Debra Lockwood, Tami Misuraca, Sonya Nelson, Barbee Pipes, Terrie Sterling, Wren and Holub.
‘Night to Shine’
Later that evening I joined a very special group of folks out at White Oak Plantation for the “Night to Shine” prom. The event was hosted by Hosanna First Assembly and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation to provide an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and up. Joining them for this special night was Miss Teen USA - Louisiana Katherine Haik, of Franklinton.
As the guests arrived at White Oak, they walked a red carpet as paparazzi snapped their photos and welcomed them to this magical evening. Once inside, the girls could get a touch-up on their makeup and hair; the guys could get their shoes shined. There were also corsages and boutonnieres, a video message from Tebow, karaoke and dancing. The finale was the crowning of each guest as a king or queen of the prom.
Making sure everything came off without a hitch was coordinator Rhonda Anzivino and committee members Eileen Williams, Andrea Herrin, Joan Meng, Hazel Brown, Charlotte Doise and Beverly Williams.
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