The 10th annual Go Red Luncheon & Symposium will be held Friday at the Golden Nugget Biloxi. The event, presented by the American Heart Association Mississippi Gulf Coast, will celebrate a decade of bringing attention to heart disease among women.
Free health screenings start at 8 a.m., with breakout sessions at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The Go Red Luncheon and 10th Anniversary Celebration will begin at noon. Registration starts at 7 a.m.
Tickets this year are slightly less than last year, American Heart Association Regional Director Shelly Jones noted. They are $50 each or two for $80. To purchase tickets in advance, call Shondel Humphrey at 604-5304, go to gulfcoastmsgored.heart.org or stop by the AHA office at 2159 E. Pass Road, Gulfport. Tickets also will be available at the event.
Circle of Red Members to be honored include Phyllis Aduddell, Heather Andrew, Krystel Braddy, Heather Brierton, Kearn Cherry, Nancy Creel, Jacki D'Alexander, Andrea L. Davis, Lynn Frisby, C.J. Johnson, Betty R. Oswald, Pamela D. Perkins, Christine Powell, Connie Rockco, Kathy Scarbrough, Romy Simpson, Amanda Sterling, Stephanie Barnes Taylor and Angelyn Treutel Zeringue. Red Tie Society members are David Delk (honorary member for years of service), Richard Eubanks, Robert A. Fertitta, Bob Merchant, Morris Strickland and Todd Trenchard.
This year's Passion Speaker is Salina Rose Rivera. Rivera, of San Antonio, Texas, is one of the first patients to have an experimental pump called the left ventricular assist device implanted in her chest to help her heart pump blood after she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2006 when she was 29 years old.
The keynote speaker is Kay Potetz, a management consultant who has been conducting seminars since the early 1980s. Her career in hospital work began as a radiological technologist then nuclear medicine technology. She is registered with the American Colleges of Radiological and Nuclear Medicine Technologies.
After many years in health care, Potetz moved from the hospital environment to teaching. In addition to coaching and conducting seminars, she is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and serves as a consultant for Kent State University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development. She has published a book, "Take It Back: The Personal Power You Give Away Each Day."
A special event will be part of the 10th annual Go Red event.
"There are two little girls who will be introduced at the event, and both were born with heart disease," Jones said. "Both of them -- Hope Andrew and Abby Bass -- are 10 years old. They symbolize what the American Heart Association has done for the past 10 years."