By Patrick B. McGuigan
The American Heart Association will benefit on Friday, May 13 from a day of activities centered around the “Go Red for Women Movement.” Victoria Woods, 2011 chairwoman for the cause, told The City Sentinel, “Women will converge at the Cox Convention Center to fight the #1 killer of women, heart disease. Go Red Champions across the metro will gather … to ‘Go Red’ to stop heart disease through education, advocacy and research.”
Woods, known as the “Financial Diva” of Edmond, will be keynote speaker. Also participating will be Gov. Mary Fallin. An educational event, Black Tie Auction, and Lunch by Chef Dion will be among the highlights. Woods siad there will be free gift cards from Macy’s, Lipstick from Este Lauder, a Red & Black toe bag for participants, a drawing for the $250 Macy’s Gift Card and a $1,000 Gift Basket with “All things Diva.”
Attendees will also have a chance to bid on a Ball Gown designed by Johnathan Kayne (of “Project Runway” fame) or on a vacation home on Marco Island, an autographed Heisman Helmet and more. The 2011 theme, Champions of Women, Woods said, “celebrates the success of professional women. It is also a call to action – to champion the health, well-being, and success of others.”
Woods, understandably enthusiastic for the cause, told The City Sentinel, “This year’s Go Red event is like nothing that’s ever been done before. It’s going to be unforgettable. Governor Mary Fallin’s presence at the Go Red event will be symbolic. Fallin is the first woman governor in state history and arguably the most popular. She is also a strong advocate of healthy living and heart disease prevention. In her 2011 State of the State Address, she called it ‘unacceptable and unimaginable’ that Oklahomans who had perfected such innovative technology would continue to allow a preventable disease to cost so many lives.”
Literature for this year’s effort included these details of Woods professional accomplishments:
“Victoria is CEO of ChappelWood Financial Services. Since 1988, ChappelWood has helped clients nationwide reach their fi nancial goals. Woods was selected as White House Conference Delegate for Small Business, named the National Association of Women Business Owners’ “Best of the Best,” named one of Oklahoma City Journal Record’s 50 Most Influential Women.
She successfully lobbied for mandatory Financial Literacy in Oklahoma. Woods mixes wit and wisdom as she shares practical, easy-to-understand advice on finance in her book, speaking engagements, radio program, and website. She contributes to The Today Show, Fox News, Fox Business, CBS, ABC and NBC. Woods founded the 84 acre Financial District and Women for Financial Independence, an organization helping women learn strategies of investing. Victoria was named Business Woman of the Year by the Edmond Women’s Club, Innovator of the Year by the Journal Record.
Woods explained the campaigns message to women is “don’t just survive – but thrive.” She continued, “Go Red for Women empowers women to love and care for their hearts through lifestyle choices and actions.”
Information about the event is available from Jennifer.Sealeart.org . Ticket information can be gained by telephoning 948-2147. Or, visit www.heart.org/oklahomacityokgoredluncheon .
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Educational sessions begin at 10 a.m., with time for professional networking before a second ground of education. Lunch, with Gov. Fallin attending, will be at noon. Sponsors include Coppermark Bank and Merck.