Maui to go red against heart disease

Here’s another upcoming project! There are so many things going on this October and these little projects actually keep me sane. Well, I love working with super passionate people – especially the ladies of MauiGoRed.

On another note, I did lose a loved one – my precious Tito Ilz, from heart failure. It makes me feel so much better spreading awareness on how to have a healthier lifestyle. I would hate to lose another loved one. Health first!

Here’s the release and some images I put together for the Executive Committee:


American Heart Association, Maui Region

Kauwela Bisquera, Regional Director

(808) 244-7185

Maui to Go Red against heart disease

WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team invites the public to join in the quest to fight heart disease at the 2013 Go Red for Women Luncheon and Health Expo on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui.

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The event features a wide array of activities designed to raise awareness and generate funds such as health screenings, live demonstrations and a silent auction.  And, back by popular demand, ‘Swag Bags’, filled with giveaway goodies and great educational material, will be given to the first 100 guests.

The centerpiece of the event is a three-course ‘heart-healthy’ lunch prepared by Chef Tylun Pang and a fashion show dubbed ‘Surviving,’ featuring women survivors of heart disease. One in three American women suffers from some form of heart disease making it the number 1 killer of women.

JoAn Gascon, who suffered from supraventricular tachycardia, a form of heart disease, ‘worked’ the cat walk at last year’s event as one of the models of the fashion show. “Since doing the surgery, I have not experienced any more episodes,” Gascon said. “I have taken steps to be healthier so I can watch my granddaughter grow up!”

As the Go Red for Women campaign’s national sponsor, Macy’s is committed to raising awareness of heart disease, and helping women to live longer, healthier lives. The Luncheon and Expo is locally sponsored by Maui Electric Company, and serving as Chairwoman of the 2013 Go Red for Women Luncheon & Health Expo is president Sharon Suzuki.

“We all have a loved one or know someone affected by a cardiovascular disease or stroke,” said Suzuki. “Preventative education and awareness is so very important and this event is an opportunity for all of us to come together as a community and be a part of the solution.”

The Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) and Wailea Golf, LLC are other top level local sponsors.

To join the Luncheon and take advantage of the exciting offers at the Expo, registration is accepted online at Table sponsorships of 10 seats are still accepted and individual tickets at $100 donation per person may be reserved. Registration closes on October 28, 2013.

All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement research, education, community service and health advocacy programs for women.

The 2013 Go Red for Women Luncheon and Health Expo is also locally sponsored by Araki-Regan & Associates, Munekiyo & Hiraga, Employer’s Options, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc./Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, Inc., Kawahara & Co.,  CPAs, Inc., Monsanto Hawaii, Island Honda, American Savings Bank, United Auto Parts (NAPA), Aloha Eye Clinic, Maui Petroleum, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sae Design.

The American Heart Association, Maui is always looking for passionate women to join the Go Red for Women Ambassadors who are willing to help “spread the red” of these important messages in our community. The ambassadors are volunteer leaders committed to raising awareness and saving lives from heart disease.

For more information on Go Red for Women visit, or call (808) 244-7185.

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