Heart Ball Coordinator Gets Heart Healthy Makeover

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Photos courtesy of TRACEY E. NORVELL

Retiring. Neither the verb nor the adjective applies to Martha Desmond. Most Tulsans know Martha as the spunky, blonde who handled public relations at Big Brothers & Sisters of Green County for many years. She retired from that post last summer, or at least that was her intention.

Desmond wanted time off for her son’s wedding, a major house remodeling project, volunteer opportunities and traveling with her husband, John. She got it…a whole four months worth. Without skipping a beat, she was back doing what she does so well, this time at the American Heart Association as Heart Ball Coordinator.

“I wasn’t looking for a job but the American Heart Association is a wonderful organization with so many exciting things planned for 2005,” says Desmond.

Desmond has been involved in the expansion of the 34-year-old Sweethearts program developed for sophomore girls. “We added a male counterpart. Mavericks, as the young men are called, have taken part throughout the year in special training and activities that teach them about the fight against America’s No. 1 killer, cardiovascular disease.”

Along with the Sweethearts, the Mavericks were introduced this month at the annual Heart Ball and before the last dance, Desmond was already involved with the American Heart Associations next undertaking, the debut of the Go Red! For Women Luncheon on May 5.

A sense of humor keeps Desmond going, as does a healthy approach to life. For Desmond that includes spa services. This month, during National Heart Month, Ihloff Salon & Day Spa treated Desmond to a rejuvenating day spa visit.

Desmond’s afternoon began with a brow tint and shape followed by a massage and stream shower. “I’m good about drinking plenty of water but like many, I work at a computer long hours. I need help working out the kinks in my upper and lower back,” explains Desmond.

Next Desmond’s natural blonde hair color was enhanced with the addition of highlights and lowlights before a haircut. To sooth winter hands, an exfoliating salt rub and a paraffin treatment preceded her manicure and an application of bright red polish. Her final appointment was with an Aveda Makeup Artist.

“Most people don’t realize my age until they learn the age of my sons. I’m lucky that way but I don’t leave it all to heredity. I take care of myself. Everyone should,” says Desmond.

For more information on American Heart Association events, call 747-8254. For a complete menu of services available at Ihloff Salon & Day Spa locations in Utica Square and in the Renaissance Center at 83rd and Memorial, visit ihloffspa.com or call 58-SALON (72566).

Updated 02-25-2005

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