Lake Charles, La., June 11, 2012—CITGO partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to host the Go Red for Women Luncheon, Thursday, April 12, at the L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, where more than 300 guests attended and raised $135,000 for the AHA. 

During the event, chaired by CITGO Government & Public Affairs Manager Dana Keel, guests participated in a silent auction and lunch where they learned of the importance of heart health. Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal and nationally recognized fitness star, Jennifer Galardi were the featured speakers. 

Jindal, whose son was born with a heart defect, spoke to the audience about the importance of Go Red for Women and the importance of heart health. Galardi shared her personal story of fitness and encouraged women to focus on keeping an overall balanced well-being. Heart disease survivors Heather Hendrix and Mary Leah Coco also shared their stories of courage, hope and recovery and encouraged audience members to pay attention to their heart health and warning signs. 

Also during the Luncheon, the Go Red for Women Student Art Contest winning poster, titled “Let the Red Flow,” (Black & White Photograph) by S.J. Welsh Middle School student winner Morgan Manuel, was presented and auctioned. In March, the poster contest was open to all Calcasieu Parish Public Schools and winners were chosen by a panel of heart survivors and community leaders. Winners were chosen in divisions by grade and Manuel’s poster was chosen as the overall winner. All winning posters were displayed at a dedicated Art Exhibit at the Prien Lake Mall, March 11-17. 

Keel said CITGO is proud to support the American Heart Association and its mission to educate women everywhere about their heart health. 

“Health is a CITGO core value and we recognize that health is every person’s responsibility. We are honored to be able to partner with the American Heart Association to share in the responsibility of educating women of the importance of keeping their hearts healthy.” 

In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020. 

Go Red for Women 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. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. 





Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager