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Star Jones sees red and Houston TV anchor gets special surprise at record-breaking luncheon

Star Jones sees red and TV anchor gets special surprise at luncheon

Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Star Jones
Star Jones headlines "Go Red for Women" luncheon. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Laura Davenport, Gina Gaston
Luncheon chair Laura Davenport, left, and emcee Gina Gaston. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Shauna Clark, Leslie Stratta, Denise Pittman
Shauna Clark, from left, Leslie Stratta and Denise Pittman. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Tonnette Martin, Tasha Joshua
Tonnette Martin, left, and Tasha Joshua. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Veronica Sanchez,Martha Cuellar-Thompson, Luz Mouton,Sharon Zapata, Sandra Shafer
Veronica Sanchez, from left, Martha Cuellar-Thompson, Luz Mouton, Sharon Zapata and Sandra Shafe. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Dr. Julia Andrieni, Mindy Raggio, Hope Raggio
Dr. Julia Andrieni, from left, Mindy Raggio and Hope Raggio. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Janice Avery, Kirsten Trusko, Karyl Van Tassel
Janice Avery, from left, Kirsten Trusko and Karyl Van Tassel. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Julie Roberts, Jennie Moroney
Julie Roberts, left, and Jennie Moroney. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Maria Quinones, Jean Chapman
Maria Quinones, left, and Jean Chapman. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, 8649_Vicsandra Jones, Patty Murphy, Laura Davenport
Vicsandra Jones, from left, Patti Murphy and Laura Davenport. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Pam Allen, Susan Ferrari, Mirta Tummino, Christy Maloy, Karen Miller
Pam Allen, from left, Susan Ferrari, Mirta Tummino, Christy Maloy and Karen Miller. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Lu Caltagarone, Linda Rogers, Virgina Steppe
Lu Caltagirone, from left, Linda Rogers and Virginia Steppe. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Liz Jameson, Lila Gilbert
Liz Jameson, left, and Lila Gilbert. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Melissa McAnelly, Robyn Barnes
Melissa McAnelly, from left, and Robyn Barnes. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Star Jones
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Laura Davenport, Gina Gaston
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Shauna Clark, Leslie Stratta, Denise Pittman
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Tonnette Martin, Tasha Joshua
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Veronica Sanchez,Martha Cuellar-Thompson, Luz Mouton,Sharon Zapata, Sandra Shafer
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Dr. Julia Andrieni, Mindy Raggio, Hope Raggio
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Janice Avery, Kirsten Trusko, Karyl Van Tassel
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Julie Roberts, Jennie Moroney
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Maria Quinones, Jean Chapman
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, 8649_Vicsandra Jones, Patty Murphy, Laura Davenport
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Pam Allen, Susan Ferrari, Mirta Tummino, Christy Maloy, Karen Miller
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Lu Caltagarone, Linda Rogers, Virgina Steppe
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Liz Jameson, Lila Gilbert
Houston, News, Shelby, Go Red For Women, April 2015, Melissa McAnelly, Robyn Barnes

Surviving and thriving after open heart surgery, Star Jones felt that she was called to take up the banner in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of American men and women. So it was that she served as keynote speaker at the American Heart Association's annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon at Hotel ZaZa.

As the former member of The View team likes to say, "With my recovery, I realized I had an obligation that reached beyond my own health. I made a commitment to use whatever platform I have in the public eye to raise awareness of heart disease in women." Her message encouraged all in the sellout gathering to take control of their heart health.

Thanks to the efforts of luncheon chair Laura Davenport, campaign chair Dr. Julia Andrieni and Open Your Heart chair Rishma Mohamed the luncheon raised a record $700,000. 

The successful fundraiser held a special surprise for KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Gina Gaston, who was honored by AHA and the Houston Go Red for Women team for her decade of serving as event emcee. The program included a testimonial on the miracles of cardiology by Mindy Raggio and her young daughter Hope.

Among those thinking heart health were Heart Guild president Ilene Allen, Lesha Elsenbrook, Roz Pactor, Gillian Alexander, Winell Herron, Dr. Daniel Penny, Nadine Boutros, Beth Wolff, Shauna Clark, Ayse McCracken, Dr. Aldona Spiegal and Christina Ibrahim.