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Go Red For Women® empowers women with knowledge and tools so they can take positive action to reduce their risks of heart disease and stroke and protect their health.
Meet Our 2012 Tri County Go Red Luncheon Chairperson
Sister Fran Gorsuch, has been a Sister of Bon Secours for 49 years. Her formal educational background includes a BA in Philosophy from Loyola University of Maryland and a Masters Divinity from Duke Divinity School. But her most precious education came from growing up with loving parents, five brothers and two sisters, and from her years as a member of a community of religious women.
Sister Fran has been at Good Samaritan Hospital for 12 years, 10 as Vice-President of Mission, and currently as Director of Community Initiatives, and also serves part-time as Vocation Promoter for the Sisters of Bon Secours. In addition, she serves as the Sisters of Bon Secours representative on the Board of Directors of UNANIMA International, an NGO at the UN committed to stopping the demand for trafficking of women and children, justice for immigrants and refugees and issues around water and the rights of all human beings for access to clean water.
Locally, she also serves on the Board of Catholic Community Services of Rockland Co., the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the Bon Secours New York Health System Board of Directors, the Immigration Coalition of Rockland County, the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace and the Healthy Priorities Committee of the Rockland County Department of Health.
As the 2012 Go Red For Women Chair, she is now proud to call the American Heart Association an organization that is close to her heart.
“There is a history of heart disease as well as cancer in my family, and I am deeply committed to promoting greater awareness of heart disease and to working toward healthy communities where programs celebrating healthy lifestyles, access to nutritious food, clean water and clean air are present. I am also committed to ensuring the human right to healthcare, including excellent cardiac care.” – Sister Fran Gorsuch
What is the Go Red For Women Luncheon?
The Go Red For Women Luncheon is part of the national campaign to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.
- A respected and credentialed health care professional will offer a breakout learning session, focusing on heart and stroke health, at this social and educational event.
- 250 of Orange County’s most influential women -- and men -- in business, industry, health, education, local and state government will attend the Go Red For Women Luncheon.
- A fantastic opportunity for a company or organization to align its name, image, product or services with women, the issue of heart disease and stroke, and one of America's most recognized and admired not-for-profits, the American Heart Association.
- A weekday, daytime luncheon and a heart-healthy lunch.
- An opportunity for women to receive information, resources, life-changing education and HOPE to live longer, stronger lives.
- A day of inspiration and education, presented by a motivational keynote speaker and a personal story of courage and triumph from a heart disease survivor.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of women age 25 and older. Close to 460,000 females die annually from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. That's one woman per minute.
There are 43 million American women living with cardiovascular disease -- about 64 percent of whom die suddenly of coronary heart disease, having had no previous symptoms.
Keynote Speaker, Kelly MacFarland
As a seasoned stand-up comedian, Kelly has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, festivals, colleges and several television appearances. She has opened for Melissa Etheridge and LeAnn Rimes at the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Kelly has worked alongside Fred Willard as part of the rambunctious news team of “TV Network” on Turner Entertainment’s broadband site, SuperDeluxe.com.
Kelly is currently touring clubs and colleges across the country and takes great pride in working with the USO Tour to entertain our US troops overseas. She has headlined the 2009 Boston Women in Comedy Festival, was first runner up in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival and voted Best of the Fest 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. Kelly just released her first CD, Bombshell this 2011. Huge Hit! Watch for her clever collection of short stories based on being a stand up comedian and her life.
Kelly has performed with some of the best in comedy: Bob Marley, Brian Kiley, Caroline Rhea, Gary Gulman, Tony V. Steven Wright, Butch Bradley, Joan Rivers, Mario Cantone, Christopher Titus, Sherry Davey, Lenny Clarke, Mitch Hedber, Damon Wayons, Bernadette Pauley, Al Ducharme, Kerri Louise and Tom Cotter!
Kelly is also an experienced wellness/inspirational speaker, coaching individuals, about self-acceptance. She has been a speaker at the American Heart Association’s Go Red events for the past 8 years. Sharing her life experiences in the unique way that only she can, Kelly leaves audiences pleasantly surprised by her candor. She captivates the crowd with her charm and her refreshing yet playful point of view makes her irresistible.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Presenting Signature Sponsor:
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Locally Sponsored By:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Hudson Valley Media Group
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