Seeing Red

Ladies in red lead fight against heart disease at Fort Worth luncheon

Ladies in red lead fight against heart disease at Fort Worth luncheon

Sheila Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, Camilla Bloom, Elizabeth McCurdy, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Sheila Jane Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, Camilla Bloom, Elizabeth McCurdy Photo by Glen Ellman
Katherine Switzer, Mayor Betsy Price, Go Red for Women Fort Worth 2018
Katherine Switzer, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Photo by Glen Ellman
Larry Anfin, Karen Anfin, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Larry Anfin, Karen Anfin Photo by Glen Ellman
Michele Reynolds and daughter, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Michele Reynolds, Lauren Reynolds Photo by Glen Ellman
Barclay Berdan, Dr. Sreeni Gudimetla, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Barclay Berdan, Dr. Sreeni Gudimetla Photo by Glen Ellman
Madison Sawyer, CBS 11, Go Red 2018 Fort Worth
Madison Sawyer of CBS 11 emceed. Photo by Glen Ellman
Sheila Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Heart disease survivor Sheila Jane Reynolds hugs daughter Emily on stage. Photo by Glen Ellman
Katherine Switzer, Go Red for Women Fort Worth 2018
Keynote speaker Katherine Switzer Photo by Glen Ellman
Go Red Fort Worth 2018
The event included CPR demonstrations. Photo by Glen Ellman
Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Patrons gave generously. Photo by Glen Ellman
Sheila Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, Camilla Bloom, Elizabeth McCurdy, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Katherine Switzer, Mayor Betsy Price, Go Red for Women Fort Worth 2018
Larry Anfin, Karen Anfin, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Michele Reynolds and daughter, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Barclay Berdan, Dr. Sreeni Gudimetla, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Madison Sawyer, CBS 11, Go Red 2018 Fort Worth
Sheila Reynolds, Emily Reynolds, Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Katherine Switzer, Go Red for Women Fort Worth 2018
Go Red Fort Worth 2018
Go Red Fort Worth 2018

What: Tarrant County Go Red for Women Luncheon

Where: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The 411: Nearly 500 big-hearted Fort Worth philanthropists, business leaders, and ladies who lunch for a cause donned their best red threads for the annual American Heart Association luncheon, which raises awareness and funds to help fight heart disease and stroke in women in Tarrant County. More than a dine-and-dash luncheon, the afternoon included health screenings, CPR training, cooking demonstrations, and a silent auction.

Athlete, author, and advocate Katherine Switzer gave the keynote address, and Madison Sawyer of CBS 11 emceed.

Cami Thompson, executive director of the American Heart Association Tarrant County division, delivered some staggering statistics about heart disease; for example, a woman dies approximately every 80 seconds from cardiovascular disease, but about 80 percent of the diseases may be prevented, she said.

In a powerful high point of the event, survivor Sheila Jane Reynolds took the stage to give a moving talk about her personal experience. Reynolds, whose mother died of heart disease, chaired the Tarrant County Go Red luncheon in 2010. Since then, she has gone through her own scary and life-changing experience with heart disease.

"This could happen to anybody at any time," she said, joined onstage by her daughter, Emily.

Patrons were motivated to open their hearts and pocketbooks. This year's luncheon, chaired by Karen and Larry Anfin, raised $700,000 to support the American Heart Association's mission. The organization helps fund research, advocacy, awareness, and information to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death around the world.

Who: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Barclay Berdan, Sreeni GudimetlaJoan Trew, Marie “Doc” Holliday, Joseph DeLeon, Lisa Atherton, Rosa Navejar, Michele Reynolds, Melinda Johnston, Camilla Bloom, and Elizabeth McCurdy.