FAIRBURY – The Go Red for Women of Jefferson County presented a check of $12,710 to the American Heart Association on Friday morning. This team of women began with purpose and a goal, to help women notice the signs and symptoms of heart disease and where to proceed from there.
Throughout the year, this team has hosted events to help raise awareness and money. Their 3rd Annual Rock The Red – Go Red For Women Celebrity Waiter Dinner was held on February 18th of this year and featured auction items donated by local businesses. The waiters who served the women throughout the night included several businessmen throughout the community.
American Heart Association Government Relations Director Brian Krannawitter says,
“I’ve gotten to know a lot of folks in the community and it’s just a great bunch of people. The Go Red Committee – who does a great job, the waiters – all great guys. I just can’t say enough how impressive the event is and all that you do. I do want to give a special recognition and a special thanks to Jill and Erin. First, Erin, for her passion and commitment to this event. I’ve gotten to know Erin a little bit over the past couple of years. I certainly enjoy her sense of humor as well, so thank you very much, Erin. And what can I say about Jill? I’ve known Jill about 14-15 years now. My wife and I were talking about Jill last night – and my wife also knows Jill and her husband. Jill is a mentor, to me, and a role model and someone I look up to. She’s just a great lady and I can’t say enough about her. If you want someone to pattern yourself after, I can’t think of anyone better than her.”
Other events held included:
January 12th – Paint Your Heart Out: painted & decorated wooden door hanger hearts
February 3rd – Denim Day: Donate $5 and wear denim to work in support of the American Heart Association. All JCH&L employees were encouraged to wear red in support of women and heart disease.
February 18th – Go Red for Women Celebrity Waiter Dinner: Held at the Fairbury Elk’s Lodge.
February 25th – Hearts of Fire Heart Walk held at JCH&L: Participants could walk, run, bike, crawl or stroll a 2 mile course.