“I Am Incredible” is the theme for this year’s Red, Set, Go! Heart Luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles.
Presented by the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the luncheon is a fundraiser for local cardiac care.
The event’s special honoree is Ann Kennedy, who will deliver her “survivor” story. Also speaking are Dr. Kara Urnes from Olympic Medical Heart Center and Dr. Debleena Dutt from Swedish Medical Center, who will discuss heart health education.
“We encourage you to attend this wonderful event,” committee chair Karen Rogers said. “We have sold a record amount of sponsorships and therefore, 100 percent of all money raised at the luncheon will go towards local cardiac service care. To date we have raised over $302,000.”
Those interested in sponsoring or attending the event are asked to call the foundation office at 360-417-7144 or go online at www.omcf.org.
Individual tickets are $60.
In 2008, the OMC Foundation launched a three-year campaign to raise awareness about the critical issue of heart health for women on the Olympic Peninsula. The campaign was so successful that the foundation decided to host an annual event.
The educational lunch promotes that the key to eradicating this disease is education.
“The purpose of our event is to inspire women to become more educated to improve their heart health,” Urnes said. “Many women are surprised to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women.”
Proceeds from the events have allowed the foundation to partner with local agencies to launch a community-wide Automated External Defibrillator program, OMC officials said.
All proceeds raised at the educational luncheon will once again benefit local patients with heart disease issues.
This year, funds from the luncheon go toward the purchase of a nuclear camera for cardiac stress testing to replace one that has reached its service life. The new camera will reduce radiation exposure to the patient, reduce the amount of time that patients have to be in an uncomfortable position from 30 minutes to 6-10 minutes, and provide improved imaging with enhanced technology.
“Once again, we are raising money for something that will save lives,” Rogers said.