Maui to ‘Go Red’ in the fight against heart disease

The Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team invites people to join in the fight against heart disease at the 2013 Go Red for Women Luncheon and Health Expo from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Fairmont Kea Lani.

The event will feature health screenings, live demonstrations and a silent auction. And, the first 100 guests will receive “Swag Bags” filled with giveaway goodies and educational material.

The event’s centerpiece will be a three-course, “heart-healthy” lunch prepared by chef Tylun Pang and a fashion show dubbed “Surviving,” featuring women survivors of heart disease. One in three American women suffers from some form of heart disease making it the No. 1 killer of women, according to an announcement.

JoAn Gascon, who suffered from supraventricular tachycardia, a form of heart disease, “worked” the cat walk at last year’s event as one of the models of the fashion show.

“Since doing the surgery, I have not experienced any more episodes,” Gascon said. “I have taken steps to be healthier so I can watch my granddaughter grow up!”

The Go Red for Women campaign’s national sponsor is Macy’s. Maui Electric Co. sponsors the luncheon and expo, and MECO President Sharon Suzuki chairs the Maui event.

“We all have a loved one or know someone affected by a cardiovascular disease or stroke,” Suzuki said. “Preventative education and awareness are so very important, and this event is an opportunity for all of us to come together as a community and be a part of the solution.”

The Hawaii Medical Assurance Association and Wailea Golf LLC are other sponsors.

To join the luncheon and take advantage of offers at the expo, registration is accepted online at Table sponsorships of 10 seats remain available, and individual tickets at $100 per person may be reserved. Registration closes Oct. 28.

All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement research, education, community service and health advocacy programs for women.

The fundraiser also is sponsored by Araki-Regan & Associates, Munekiyo & Hiraga, Employer’s Options, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., Kawahara & Co., CPAs Inc., Monsanto Hawaii, Island Honda, American Savings Bank, United Auto Parts, Aloha Eye Clinic, Maui Petroleum, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sae Design.

The American Heart Association, Maui, seeks women to join the Go Red for Women ambassadors who are willing to help “spread the red” of these messages in the community.

For more information, visit or call 244-7185.