GO RED: Keynote Speaker Mary LoVerde and Oklahoma’s First Lady Kim Henry.
TRACEY NORVELL, Arts Society
The inaugural American Heart Association Go Red “could have been easily mistaken for a decades-old event”, claimed keynote speaker Mary LoVerde. In its first year, the luncheon drew over 400 people and surpassed its financial goals, raising over $100,000. At a post-event gathering at the home of Honorary Chair Kathy Taylor Lobeck, Go Red Chairman Ann LaGere admitted, “it was great fun!” and credited a superb committee, supportive sponsors, and the foresight of Tulsa Chapter Executive Director Mandy Leihmus.
In the photo at the right are, from left, American Heart Association Executive Director Mandy Leemhuis and chairman Ann LaGere celebrating a success Go Red debut at the home of Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor with LaGere’s daughters Jamie & Amy. To commemorate her birthday and Mother’s Day, LaGere’s family surprised her with “Red Dress,” an oil painting by artist Kay Deardoff auctioned at the Go Red Luncheon.