Too many women die each year because they do not know heart disease is their number one killer. More than one-in-three female adults have some form of cardiovascular disease and all cardiovascular diseases combined claim more women’s lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.
On Friday, February 21, the American Heart Association (AHA) will host its annual Go Red For Women (GRFW) Red Dress Luncheon, which celebrates the energy, passion, and power women have to come together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. The event, to be held at the Summit Club, will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a ‘purse’onality silent auction. Seating for the luncheon opens at 11:00 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:30 a.m.
AHA volunteers Dr. Annie Shirley Davis and Amy McHaney are serving as co-chairs for this annual event, and encourage all women to arm themselves with the knowledge to keep their hearts healthy.
“This luncheon will not only raise money for the AHA, but also alert women to the possible signs of the onset of heart issues,” Dr. Davis said.
In addition to her involvement with the AHA, Dr. Davis has held numerous placements with the Junior League of Longview, to include Ledger editor, vice president of communications, and has chaired Kids in the Kitchen. She is also a Pre-K Spanish teacher for Trinity School of Texas.
Dr. Davis was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and has been a member of the Longview community for five years. She graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal High School in Jackson, received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and her doctor of philosophy degree, also in English literature, from Baylor University. Dr. Davis and her husband, Bo, have been married for 16 years and are the parents of Cy, 8, Brody, 6, Eleanore, 4, and Adelaide, 1.
Outside of her volunteerism to the AHA, Mrs. McHaney serves on the board of the Longview Ballet Theater, is a member of the Good Shepherd Medical Center Guild, and is an active member of the Junior League of Longview. She has also volunteered with the Spring Gala fundraiser for Trinity School of Texas as media co-chair and a member of the silent auction committee.
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mrs. McHaney arrived in Longview less than two years from Victoria, Texas. She graduated from Arlington High School and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. She earned both her master of business administration degree in marketing and her master of arts degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. McHaney is employed in marketing at the Longview News-Journal. She and her husband, Stephen, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of Mary Caroline, 9, Boone, 6, and twins Matthew and John Clark, 4.
For more information on the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Luncheon, please call 903-452-7524, or visit www.longviewgored.heart.org.