The American Heart Association to host ninth annual Northern NJ Go Red for Women Luncheon on April 12.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The ninth annual Northern NJ Go Red for Women luncheon continues to celebrate women’s heart health, and the power and influence we have to unite and inspire others to fight heart disease and stroke.

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death, claiming the lives of more than 366,800 people each year. The Go Red for Women campaign encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

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The event, scheduled for April 12, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, will feature a “Go Red Experience Room,” including live CPR demos, a fender blender smoothie bike, red lipstick touch-up station, a purse-a-nality auction, networking and much more.

Emcee Della Crews, anchor from News12 New Jersey, will kick off the program and help participants celebrate women’s heart health. As guests enter the ballroom, they will be welcomed by Northern NJ Go Red Chair, Rosa Coppolecchia, DO, MPH, FACP, FACPM and continue with special guest speakers throughout the program.

Jo Ann Saitta, survivor of both heart disease and stroke, will share her personal story and how she underwent open-heart surgery at just the age of 16.  After a few short years into her twenties, Jo Ann suffered a stroke and was back in the hospital.  This courageous mother of two is inspiring others to take action.

“I know personally how important heart health is and I am passionate about encouraging everyone, especially women, to take charge of their health,” said Saitta.

The Northern NJ Go Red for Women Luncheon is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health. Local sponsors include Bayer, RWJ Barnabas Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, Konica Minolta, Omnicom Health Group, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and Kessler Institute.

Media sponsors include TAPinto West Orange, News12 New Jersey, and NJ Monthly Magazine. 

The campaign raises funds to support the lifesaving movement, funding cutting-edge research, community programs and professional education focused on cardiovascular health. The event is attended annually by nearly 300 of New Jersey’s most influential women and men in business, industry, health, education and civic affairs. 

To attend the Northern NJ Go Red for Women luncheon and to join the movement, visit nnjgored.heart.org.