American Heart Association Go Red

Record-breaking Go Red Luncheon with Joan Lunden raises $1.1 million

Record-breaking Go Red Luncheon with Joan Lunden raises $1.1 million

Go Red for Women luncheon Dr. Monica Patel, Joan Lunden, Sneha Merchant
Dr. Monica Patel, Joan Lunden, Sneha Merchant. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon, Yulia Veratennikova, Dr. Daniel Penny
Yulia Veratennikova, Dr. Daniel Penny. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Gina Gaston, Myrtle Jones at Go Red for Women luncheon
Gina Gaston, Myrtle Jones. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon Ashley Peterson, Beth Cassidy, Crystal Saldivar
Ashley Peterson, Beth Cassidy, Crystal Saldivar. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
The Nieto family, Ilona Carson, Tiffany Travis at Go Red for Women luncheon
The Nieto family with Ilona Carson, in red dress, and Tiffany Travis. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
John and Vicki Crum at Go Red for Women luncheon
John Crum, Vicki Crum. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon, Martha Plunkett, Robyn Barness, Melissa McAnelly
 Martha Plunkett, Robyn Barness, Melissa McAnelly. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon Erika Soto, Cindi Rose
Dr. Erika Soto, Cindi Rose. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Samina Farid, Matthew Ellis, Hallie Vanderhider, at Go Red for Women luncheon
Samina Farid, Matthew Ellis, Hallie Vanderhider. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon, Liz Jameson, Diane McClymonds, Roz Pactor, Leila Gilbert
Liz Jameson, Diane McClymonds, Roz Pactor, Leila Gilbert. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Karen Crum, Keri Black, Kevin Black at Go Red for Women luncheon
Karen Crum, Keri Black, Kevin Black. Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Go Red for Women luncheon Dr. Monica Patel, Joan Lunden, Sneha Merchant
Go Red for Women luncheon, Yulia Veratennikova, Dr. Daniel Penny
Gina Gaston, Myrtle Jones at Go Red for Women luncheon
Go Red for Women luncheon Ashley Peterson, Beth Cassidy, Crystal Saldivar
The Nieto family, Ilona Carson, Tiffany Travis at Go Red for Women luncheon
John and Vicki Crum at Go Red for Women luncheon
Go Red for Women luncheon, Martha Plunkett, Robyn Barness, Melissa McAnelly
Go Red for Women luncheon Erika Soto, Cindi Rose
Samina Farid, Matthew Ellis, Hallie Vanderhider, at Go Red for Women luncheon
Go Red for Women luncheon, Liz Jameson, Diane McClymonds, Roz Pactor, Leila Gilbert
Karen Crum, Keri Black, Kevin Black at Go Red for Women luncheon

What: American Heart Association Houston Go Red For Women Luncheon.

Where: Hilton Houston Post Oak.

The scoop: A record crowd, vitually all dressed in bright red (men with red ties, women in red dresses) turned out for the 13th annual luncheon with featured speaker Joan Lunden, the former Good Morning America co-host and best-selling author, who shared her health journey and urged guests to become their own best healthcare advocate.

As the program's featured survivor, Kelly Nieto, a 40-year-old mother of three with a family history of heart disease, spoke about her adopted mother, whose persistence in questioning medical specialists led to a diagnosis that Kelly and her brother had a rare heart disorder that runs in the family but could be treated. 

Vicki and John Crum, the first couple to chair the luncheon, were thrilled that it raised $1.1 million for the American Heart Association Houston chapter.

Who: Seen in the crowd were ABC 13 news anchors Gina Gaston and Ilona Carson, who co-emceed the luncheon, Hallie Vanderhider, Liz Ghrist, Dr. Erika Soto, Cindi Rose, Sneha Merchant, Beth Wolff, Liz Jameson, Dinah McClymonds, Roz Packor, Leila Gilbert, Texas Medical Center president and CEO Bill McKeon, and the Houston Go Red For Women executive team: Dr. Julia D. Andrieni, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Shauna Clark, Carole Faig, Christina Ibrahim, Myrtle Jones, Kathy Orton, Dr. Monica Patel, and Lisa Stewart.