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
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
"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
was entertaining, educational, and very personable.
was also a pleasure to work with in planning the event - very responsive and she
homework about our community.
I got lots of emails wanting to have her
"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
Southern hospitality lives on with Emily Lard
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