Freudenberg North America Hosts Go Red For Women® Kick-off Event

Jan 29, 2014, 10:00 ET from Freudenberg North America

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg North America is hosting a Go Red rally and lighting ceremony on February 6 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at its Regional Corporate Center. The event kicks-off American Heart Month in southeast Michigan. The event is free with RSVP to

Leesa Smith, Freudenberg North America president and regional representative and this year's local Go Red For Women® co-chair, Annette Scriberras, national Go Red For Women® spokesperson and Nancy Conzelman, Plymouth Township clerk, will take part in the event.

The lighting ceremony will be followed by a lunch-and-learn session. A variety of resources on healthy heart habits and heart disease prevention will be available to attendees.

Becoming an advocate for women's heart health may have been destiny for Sciberras. The 53-year-old has dealt with heart issues -- for herself and others  -- her entire life. Despite being a cardiac nurse who possesses detailed knowledge about heart disease, Sciberras let her own heart health get away from her as she got older.

"In retrospect, I know the signs were all there -- I see patients with heart disease every day," Sciberras says. "But I was juggling my four children, a demanding job and my parents' declining health, and I just ignored the chest pains I was having."

Her message to female patients, family and friends: "Heart disease can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere, but we can fight it through our awareness and actions."

"The Freudenberg Group sees social responsibility as an integral part of its corporate citizenship. We encourage and provide concrete support to our employees who engage in local projects and initiatives.  I am excited to share my enthusiasm for the Go Red For Women® campaign both with my colleagues at Freudenberg and our community. It seems that pretty much everyone I talk to has either personally been touched by heart disease or has a family member or a friend affected by it. Events like this rally are important to raise awareness, especially with women," said Leesa Smith.

Freudenberg North America Corporate Center is located at 47774 West Anchor Court, Plymouth, MI 48170. The event start time is February 6, 2014 at 11:30 am.

About Go Red For Women: Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's solution to save women's lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable., a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives the tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit or call 1-888-My-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's. For a complete list of American Heart Association events visit

About the Freudenberg Group: The Freudenberg Group is a family-owned company offering customers technologically advanced and support-intensive products and services. The Group develops and manufactures seals, vibration control technology components, filters, nonwovens, surface treatment products, release agents and specialty lubricants, medical technology and mechatronic products. Freudenberg also develops software solutions and IT services primarily for small and medium-sized enterprises. Consumers enjoy Freudenberg's state-of-the-art household products marketed under the vileda®, O-Cedar®, Wettex®, Gala® and SWASH® brands. In 2012 the Freudenberg Group had 37,453 employees in 57 countries and generated revenue of more than 6.3 billion euros. More information about Freudenberg is available on the internet under

About Freudenberg in North America: Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership is the North American holding company for Freudenberg & Co. of Weinheim, Germany that owns a family of companies which operate 15 unique businesses at 58 locations in North America. Together, these companies provide innovative products and solutions to customers in industries ranging from automotive, aerospace, and medical to chemical, oil and gas, and construction. For further information, please visit

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