Backers of Paint the Town Red, the Heart Ball and Go Red for Women will have the opportunity to experience a little of all three signature events on May 21 when the Northwest Arkansas area of the American Heart Association plays host to the Heart of Northwest Arkansas.
Organizers say: "The combined digital event has something for everyone: health-conscious women and men who have and would have attended the AHA's annual Go Red for Women luncheon; fans of the yearly Heart Ball, a black-tie optional seated dinner, auction and dance; and millennial professionals and others who are drawn to the annual Paint the Town Red party with a purpose." The theme, "Bringing Our Hearts Together," is a nod to the cooperation of association staff and event chairmen in bringing together these fundraisers for one blockbuster benefit.
The benefit will feature stories of Northwest Arkansans whose lives have been affected by heart disease and stroke. Guests will also learn the way the association puts local funds to work to combat the nation's No. 1 and No. 5 killers.
The organization recently announced the inaugural class of "Woman of Impact" nominees. The new initiative is part of the association's Go Red for Women movement. Nominees are selected for their passion for the mission of the American Heart Association and engage their personal and professional networks to join them in supporting its mission and work. Nominees will conclude an eight-week fundraising campaign April 18 with the top fundraiser being named this year's Woman of Impact on April 30 and introduced at the May 21 event.
The 2021 nominees are:
• Dr. Maria Baldasare, an interventional cardiologist with Northwest Health;
• Gena Johnson Bumgarner, vice president of sales and distribution K-12, Tyson Foods Inc.;
• Stephanie Martinez, sales and replenishment analyst, PPI Beauty;
• Tina Winham, Walmart Outdoor lead, Spin Master; and
• Kristine Joji-Wood, senior merchandise director, fresh bakery, Walmart.
The 2021 class of 47 American Heart Association Sweethearts will also be introduced during the benefit. The girls are high school sophomores who spent the past nine months doing volunteer work while learning the importance of a heart-healthy life.
Each Heart of Northwest Arkansas registered guest will receive a party box, goody bag and a meal. The event will also include live and silent auctions and special entertainment. Guests are encouraged to participate safely in groups at home, exercising covid-19 precautions.
Chairmen of the combined event include Marlena Bond, vice president, private brand consumables, Walmart; Jason Fremstad, vice president, adult beverage, Walmart; Silvia Azrai Kawas, vice president, private brand grocery, Walmart; Diana Marshall, executive vice president, hardlines, Walmart; Tom McDonald, Bayer Consumer Health, Walmart and Sam's Club VP and team leader; Megan Timberlake, Walmart team lead, beauty, health and grooming, Procter & Gamble; and Venessa Yates, vice president, snacks, Walmart.
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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]
At a Glance
Heart of Northwest Arkansas
Who: Northwest Arkansas area of the American Heart Association
What: Digital event combining the Heart Ball, Go Red for Women and Paint the Town Red
When: May 21
Information: (479) 439-6800 or [email protected]