Wear Red Day

Friday, Feb. 4 is National Wear Red Day For Women. Tulsa is getting a head start on the American Heart Association campaign. On Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m., Mayor Bill LaFortune will declare Feb. 4 “Wear Red Day” in the City of Tulsa at a reception hosted by Jackie Cooper Imports in the Mercedes-Benz showroom at 9393 S. Memorial Dr. The public is invited to attend.

The American Heart Association is encouraging companies in Tulsa to join others across the nation by wearing something red with jeans to support the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day event and increase awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

“On Wear Red Day, employees donate $5 to the American Heart Association so they can wear red and jeans on a designated day,” explains Mandy Boyett Leemhuis, American Heart Association Tulsa metro executive director. “If jeans aren’t appropriate, just wear red! And since all of February is National Heart Month, a company or organization can select any day to be Wear Red Day.”

Money raised will benefit research and education to help reduce the incidence of heart disease in women. Wear Red Day is a component of Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women and encourage women to take charge of their health.

“Wear Red Day is an opportunity for everyone to remember their female friends and family members who have suffered from the disease. It’s also a time to think about their own hearts and take charge of their own health,” says Jackie Cooper Imports Managing Partner Greg Kach. In addition to hosting Tulsa’s Wear Red Day reception on Feb. 2, the locally-owned car dealership is presenting sponsor of the Go Red! Luncheon, debuting in Tulsa May 5.

“We’d like to see the whole city go red throughout February, National Heart Month,” continues Leemhuis. “Widespread participation will heighten awareness and bring about positive change to defeat this major health threat.”

The American Heart Association makes the event easy by providing everything needed in a tool kit. Just pick the date, collect the funds, and forward the proceeds to the association. For information on conducting a Wear Red Day campaign, contact the American Heart Association office at 918-474-7561.

Updated 01-14-2005

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