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"We enjoy providing this free and comprehensive service for all women each year through this conference," said Emily Lard with the Cardiology Associates Foundation.
Some people have been working this summer, like Emily Lard, of the Cardiology Associates Foundation in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and her bevy of volunteers.
A serious note about Emily: As I was writing this yesterday and arranging to get photos from her, she casually mentioned in her email that she'd be having heart surgery this morning so she'd be off email for a couple of days. I don't have any other details, just thought I'd ask our readers for their prayer support for our colleague. As you'll read here, she's a dynamo with a heart of gold. "Since then, we've decided to do it every other year," Emily Lard, who is in charge of the CAF program , told me. "It's a lot of work to put together but it's an outstanding way to raise awareness of women and heart disease by combining education with the things women love best - top of the line fashion designs, exquisite jewelry, one-on-one time with key entertainment stars, gift bags - what more can they ask for!" "These events are fundraisers and educational," Emily stressed. "We brought in a selection from the national red dress designs which are made by the nation's top designers and introduced each February at Olympus Fashion Week in New York City. Locally, two specialty clothing stores featured designs by popular top designers and a locally owned specialty jewelry store brought in an entire line of fine jewelry valued at over $2 million dollars. "Our fashion show featured television and Broadway actress and cosmetics entrepreneur Catherine Hickland, who sang the show's title song 'You've Gotta Have Heart,'" Emily said. Emily said. "She was entertaining, educational, and very personable. She was also a pleasure to work with in planning the event - very responsive and she did her homework about our community. I got lots of emails wanting to have her back. "We were also pleased that having Tracey gave us the opportunity to not only promote awareness of women and heart disease but to also stress the importance of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) placement and CPR training, both of which are prime initiatives of our Foundation and the use of the money we raise," Emily continued. Southern hospitality lives on with Emily Lard and her outstanding crew." Emily said they had wonderful cooperation from their local media in promoting the event. The newspaper ran a series, one part each Sunday for three weeks, along with their advertisements. The radio station produced two commercials, which it ran about 25 times daily and did several live interviews with local guests as well as phone interviews with entertainment. Both media were recognized as event sponsors in print and verbally. "We appeared on five different occasions on the local television live interview morning, noon and evening segments," Emily said.
Emily Lard, executive director of the Cardiology Associates Foundation, pointed out that partnerships made a major impact in getting things done.
Emily Lard of the Cardiology Associates Foundation said collections of food, water, hygiene items, furniture and clothing would continue at 201 East Oak from 2-5 p.m. today.The collection will resume on Monday at the former Central Baptist Church location at Church and Cherry streets. "We're just going to keep on doing it until we are told not to do it any more," Box said. Lard said evacuees need to register with the Red Cross in order to receive the supplies.She said it's also important for all evacuees to register, even if they're staying with friends and family. "They can do that at the First Baptist Church," Lard said.When people register, Lard added, the Red Cross can help other relatives find out where their loved ones are located.
Emily Lard with the Cardiology Associates Foundation said the initial effort was to gather items and take them to the areas hit by the hurricane, but the group learned that trucks filled with items weren't being let into the areas because of the relief effort. The plan now is to collect the items to be used to support hurricane refugees in Northeast Arkansas.Any leftover items will be held to send to the Gulf Coast once vehicles are allowed back in the area. The group will pass along the items to any church or organization assisting the evacuees. Lard said if there is a need from a Gulf Coast refugee, Operation Open Door will try to meet it. Although the exact number of evacuees who traveled to Northeast Arkansas is unknown, Lard said she believes the numbers will continue to grow in the coming days. "I think we're just seeing the tip of what's going to happen," she noted. Lard explained that many people left with a small amount of cash and ATM cards, believing they would be back in their homes in a few days.Now it seems it may be weeks, and the money is running out and many of the ATM cards won't work. She added that the effort will continue until all evacuees have been able to return home. Items can be dropped off at the newspaper, 518 Carson; the clinic, 201 East Oak Ave.; or the radio station, 407 West Parker Road.