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Seeing red and rolling in green, American Heart Association luncheon brings in close to $500,000

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Joy Bauer, from left, Dr. Charnette Taylor and Gina Gaston at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Joy Bauer, from left, Dr. Charnette Taylor and Gina Gaston. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Theresa Roemer, left, and Beth Cassidy-Garcia at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Theresa Roemer, left, and Beth Cassidy-Garcia. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Joann Crassas, from left, Karina Barbieri, Leila Gilbert and Julie Haralson at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Joann Crassas, from left, Karina Barbieri, Leila Gilbert and Julie Haralson. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Shannon Nickel, left, and Susan Blease at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Shannon Nickel, left, and Susan Blease. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Stephanie Chitek, from left, Carly Kim, Marc Dupre and Elizabeth Dupre at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Stephanie Chitek, from left, Carly Kim, Marc Dupre and Elizabeth Dupre. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Robert Trainer Jr., from left, Myra Robinson and Randy Walker at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Robert Trainer Jr., from left, Myra Robinson and Randy Walker. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Michelle Stein, left, and Myra Robinson at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Michelle Stein, left, and Myra Robinson. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Marie Caplan, left, and Beth Wolff at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Marie Caplan, left, and Beth Wolff. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Leigh Ott, from left, Liz Ambriz and Abbe Maltz at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Leigh Ott, from left, Liz Ambriz and Abbe Maltz. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kelly Baker, from left, Laurie Meredith, Pam Allen and Susan Ferrari at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Kelly Baker, from left, Laurie Meredith, Pam Allen and Susan Ferrari. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Denice Pittman, left, and Suzy Sherron at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Denice Pittman, left, and Suzy Sherron. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Gina Gaston, from left, Philamena Baird and Cyndy Garza-Roberts at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Gina Gaston, from left, Philamena Baird and Cyndy Garza-Roberts. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Karen Miller, from left, Jean Chapman and Susan Whitacre at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Karen Miller, from left, Jean Chapman and Susan Whitacre. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Jean Chapman, Robyn Barnes, Beth Wolff, Suzy Sherron, Susan Hansen, and Denice Pittman at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Suzy Sherron, from left, Jean Chapman, Robyn Barnes, Susan Hansen, Denice Pittman and Beth Wolff.  Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Joy Bauer, from left, Dr. Charnette Taylor and Gina Gaston at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Theresa Roemer, left, and Beth Cassidy-Garcia at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Joann Crassas, from left, Karina Barbieri, Leila Gilbert and Julie Haralson at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Shannon Nickel, left, and Susan Blease at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Stephanie Chitek, from left, Carly Kim, Marc Dupre and Elizabeth Dupre at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Robert Trainer Jr., from left, Myra Robinson and Randy Walker at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Michelle Stein, left, and Myra Robinson at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Marie Caplan, left, and Beth Wolff at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Leigh Ott, from left, Liz Ambriz and Abbe Maltz at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Kelly Baker, from left, Laurie Meredith, Pam Allen and Susan Ferrari at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Denice Pittman, left, and Suzy Sherron at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Gina Gaston, from left, Philamena Baird and Cyndy Garza-Roberts at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Karen Miller, from left, Jean Chapman and Susan Whitacre at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014
Jean Chapman, Robyn Barnes, Beth Wolff, Suzy Sherron, Susan Hansen, and Denice Pittman at the Go Red For Women luncheon May 2014

What: The American Heart Association's 10th annual "Go Red For Women" luncheon.

Where: Hotel ZaZa.

The 411: Today show nutritionist Joy Bauer offered tips and tricks on how to eat healthy, what foods to choose and which foods to avoid and challenged the 350 guests to answer her nutrition quiz. While heart disease patient Shannon Nickel shared her passion for prevention and research, the luncheon honored every woman who was a survivor of heart disease and stroke. They each wore a tiara as a symbol of their victory over heart disease.

The luncheon was a milestone for KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Gina Gaston as it was her 10th year to emcee the fundraiser. Key players included Men in Red outgoing chair Randy Walker, outgoing Circle of Red chairs Susan Hansen and Beth Wolff and incoming Circle of Red chair Denice Pittman.

Who: Joanne Crassas, Philamena Baird, Cris Daskevich, Gillian Alexander, Christina Ibrahim, Shara McClure, Shanda Blackmon, Dr. Charnette Taylor, Brownie Trainer, Jean Chapman and Suzy Sherron.

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