NEW YORK, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation and noted advocate for women's equality, education, and health, is partnering with the American Heart Association as Campaign Co-Chair and Sponsor at the 2019 New York City Go Red For Women® Luncheon. Coinciding with International Women's Day, this year's event will be held on Friday, March 8.
Go Red For Women is a year-round movement that harnesses the energy, passion, and power of women to band together to collectively wipe out heart disease. Every year, the movement culminates in a celebratory luncheon that benefits AHA's efforts to promote research, education, and treatment for women's cardiac health in order to educate and empower women in the fight against heart disease. Last year's New York City luncheon raised over $2 million, making it the top producing Go Red for Women campaign in the country.
"This is my sixth year working with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, and I'm grateful to continue to have the opportunity to support such important work," said Elting. "Roughly thirty women die each day from preventable cardiac disease, yet these conditions remain primarily associated with men. Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the U.S., and yet many still aren't aware of their risk factors and the basic warning signs of heart disease unique to women. The more we spread this knowledge, the more lives we'll save."
This year's luncheon, featuring Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci from ABC's All My Children as keynote speaker, will bring together over 1200 influential women and men from the corporate, philanthropic, fashion, and medical communities to raise awareness and funds to support education and research specifically targeted to address heart disease and stroke in women.
"The simple fact is that research surrounding heart disease hasn't been done to the same extent for women, and public awareness still isn't where it needs to be," Elting added. "That tragic fact leads to needless heartbreak, suffering, and death. We have to work to correct that, and that's exactly what Go Red For Women is doing."
The Elizabeth Elting Foundation is a Red Platform sponsor of the 2019 NYC Go Red for Women Luncheon, with additional sponsors including CVS Pharmacy, Rewire Me, and Mount Sinai Heart.
Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five causes of death among women each year, and a woman dies of one of those two illnesses every 80 seconds. Yet little attention is paid to this dangerous reality, and many women are unaware of their risk factors and how to manage them. Through research, education, and treatment, Go Red For Women aims to help women take back control of their heart health and eliminate heart disease.
About the Elizabeth Elting Foundation
The critical work of the future is the work of breaking down the barriers that hold back women and marginalized people and advancing true equality for all. With an eye toward that future, the Elizabeth Elting Foundation is committed to promoting progressive and feminist efforts to eradicate systemic barriers, promote public health and education, achieve workplace equality, rise beyond the glass ceiling, and open the doors to economic independence for those society has far too often shut out.
About Liz Elting
Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is an entrepreneur, business leader, linguaphile, philanthropist, feminist, and mother. After living, studying, and working in five countries across the globe, Liz started TransPerfect out of an NYU dorm room. During her tenure as Co-CEO, she grew TransPerfect into the world's largest language solutions company, with over $600 million in revenue, 4,000+ employees, 11,000+ clients, and offices in more than 90 cities worldwide. Liz has been recognized as a NOW "Woman of Power & Influence", an Enterprising Women "Enterprising Woman of the Year," and one of Forbes' "Richest Self-Made Women."
About Go Red For Women
The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 15 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. Connect with us on GoRedforWomen.org.
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