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Houstonians can shop with heart and save lives at limited-time event

Houstonians can shop with heart and save lives at limited-time event

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The annual Shop with a Heart event is back.  Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design

Houstonians looking for a little feel-good retail therapy can take heart. The sixth annual Shop With Heart, a 10-day shopping event, is back.

Supporters can enjoy 20 percent off purchases and goods at more than 300 of Houston’s finest retailers and dining establishments with the Shop With Heart card. The card is available for purchase for a minimum donation of $50, with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association, an organization whose mission is to save people from heart disease and stroke — America’s No.1 and No.5 killers.

Participating retailers include Saint Bernard, French Cuff Boutique, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Tony’s.

Going red
The Heart Guild of Houston, an organization with more than 200 members whose focus is to raise fund research and awareness on behalf of the AHA, carefully curated this year’s lineup to “ensure a quality experience for cardholders.”

“Nearly every person can think of a loved one, friend or acquaintance that has been affected by heart disease or stroke,” says this year’s Shop With Heart Card honoree, Roz Pactor.

Additionally, the AHA’s initiative, Go Red for Women, has accelerated its global commitment in educating women about heart health. Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death in women and this movement encourages women to join forces and take charge to prioritize their lives.

Heart to heart
Last month, jewelry designer Theresa Bruno opened her Houston atelier, Jordan Alexander Jewelry, coupled with an event, hosted by notable philanthropist and friend, Hallie Vanderhider, to support AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign with 50 percent of all jewelry sales from the evening donated to the campaign.

Vanderhider and Bruno met years ago at a local trunk show, and the two became fast friends. Last May, the bespoke jewelry designer who has designed pieces for the former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, was Vanderhider’s guest at the annual Houston Go Red for Women Luncheon. Vanderhider, who is the 2019 Houston Go Red for Women Luncheon chair, also chaired the 2018 Houston Ballet Ball and invited Bruno as her guest, giving her the opportunity to meet Houstonians who love jewelry and love giving back.

“I wanted her to think about opening an atelier in Houston because [her designs] are different than what we [currently] have,” Vanderhider says. “It’s very elegant and modern.”

This year, Bruno, who is a classically trained pianist from Julliard, designed a $250 heart-shaped diamond pendant, with 100 percent of proceeds supporting AHA.

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The 10-day Shop with Heart Card shopping event runs Friday, April 26 through Sunday, May 5. For information and a list of participating retailers, visit the official site.