Mar/Apr
2018

A Night at the Derby

Written by Cindy Mennenga
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American Heart Association’s Go Red Gala to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

HEART HEALTH AFFECTS EVERYONE AND MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ON A MISSION TO EDUCATE KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE ON HEART HEALTH, DISEASE PREVENTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, STRESS MANAGEMENT AND SMOKING CESSATION. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT RELIES ON GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE WITHIN THE LOCAL AREA.

A FUN FUNDRAISER

Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby is Friday, May 4, 2018, at Mayo Civic Center. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. then dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Sara Clausen, regional director of the American Heart Association, oversees the American Heart Association’s fundraising events in southeast Minnesota, including the annual Rochester Go Red event. She works with a wide array of volunteers to bring heart health education and awareness to our community. Clausen says, “We are making it a unique, fun event with a Kentucky Derby theme.” 

The Rochester Go Red Gala exists to educate community members in southeast Minnesota about heart disease and stroke, as well as raise awareness for vital research in the fight against heart disease. The Go Red Gala is an opportunity for donors to engage and celebrate the mission of the American Heart Association.  

GO RED MOVERS AND SHAKERS

“The Rochester Go Red Gala is a unique event with year-long planning provided by a group of passionate individuals,” Clausen continues. “The Executive Leadership Team, a group of 20 professional women in Rochester, brings much needed education and awareness to our community.” Heart disease is the number one cause of death of both men and women. One in three women will have a major heart event in their lifetime. Yet, 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. Clausen says, “We are fortunate to have the generous contributions of Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Services and RE/MAX Results in Rochester to support our mission in the fight against heart disease.”  

When asked how the Go Red movement began, Clausen explains, “The Go Red movement was a campaign started by the American Heart Association in 2003. Since the start of the Go Red movement, the resulting awareness, education and additional research has led to a decrease of 300 deaths per day.”  

A NEW EXPERIENCE 

“The Go Red Gala,” Clausen says, “formerly known as the Go Red for Women Luncheon, is a new, exciting event that will now take place in the evening with a new experience for community members. The Go Red Gala is not exclusive to women—men are encouraged to attend and learn their risk factors as well. We want to educate and raise awareness for as many people as we can.” By moving the event to an evening venue, Clausen expects to reach a larger audience. She adds, “The event will have a new ’vibe’ with a social reception along with dinner and program in the evening all with a theme of Night at the Derby. Guests are encouraged to wear derby attire.”

LIFE-SAVING FUNDS

Money raised from American Heart Association events are utilized to fund life-saving techniques and medications. The American Heart Association supports a variety of heart-related initiatives that help those affected by heart disease and stroke.  

Make plans now to attend the Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby on Friday, May 4, at Mayo Civic Center to help support the American Heart Association in its efforts to raise awareness about heart health. Tickets are $75 per person and are available for purchase at heart.org/rochestermngored.

 


Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.