Ashley County Go Red For Women hosted its annual gala Thursday night.

February is American Heart Month, and Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women and raise awareness about the risks.

Each year at the annual gala, Ashley County Go Red shares with women about how to recognize a heart attack or heart disease, and those who have had previous experiences with cardiac episodes share their story.

This year’s keynote speaker was Family Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Rabalais with Ashley Health Services. Charles Noble, Judy Wilkerson and John Martin each shared their survivor stories.

The special enteratainment for the gala was provided by violinist Samuel Ross Garcia, who is the 13-year old son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Garcia of Crossett. Garcia was accompanied by Dr. Richard Seiler of Brevard, North Carolina. Seiler is a Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator, and a previous holder of the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music in the Department of Music in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he teaches piano, piano literature, and music theory.

The night concluded with the announcement of the Merry Heart award, which was given to Iris Phifer for “all of the positive work she does in the community.”

The Go Red committee of Pollyanna Burt-Andrus, Shawan Hawkins, Ramona Hill, Linda McDougald, Loretta Stell, Carolyn Watt, Angela Willhite, Kay Wood, Edra Young, Karen Brown and Amy Bantly coordinated the night.

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