This is part of the ticket to the Inaugural luncheon event called Triangle Goes Red for Women, held yesterday, by the American Heart Association. One of our neighbors bought a table and offered tickets to the first nine women who would agree to attend if she gave them a ticket. I am so glad that I decided to take a play-day and go! It's not often I get the opportunity to attend a $100 per plate event!
This is the inside of the ticket. Our Governor's wife was the Honorary Chair for the event; she attended and spoke for a bit. After the luncheon, my group and I were standing in the hall of the Marriott and Mrs. Easley walked by; stopping to say hello. I knew she didn't remember me, so I said ......"When I see you, it is usually December and I am decorating the Mansion for the Holidays, with Mel Day." She replied...."You surely do clean up well! I'd never have recognized you without jeans and a sweatshirt."
Here I am behind the "red dress". They took almost everyone's photo. Too bad that it didn't hide my skirt.
I learned CPR! They had a 30 minute class, and we got to bring home a CPR dummy (head to chest) so we could practice. I had always wanted to learn CPR, but never had the time to sign up for a long class. Now that they can teach the basics in a short time, they do so wherever possible. If you get that opportunity, I hope you'll take it. You can now do CPR without having to do mouth-to-mouth rescusitation, unless you want to.
They also taught some easy ways to exercise, especially if you only have a few minutes, and they gave us a "resistance band" with which to do the exercises. I got my blood sugar and BP checked (both were fine).
The luncheon was very good and unexpectedly so. I knew it would be "heart-healthy", but I didn't think it would be so tasty. The salad was mixed baby greens with strawberries, blueberries and black berries. The two boneless chicken breasts had a very good sauce, and the asparagus was perfectly steamed, and served in a bundle wrapped by a slice of yellow squash that had the middle cored out. Dessert was a raspberry mousse served in a heart-shaped cup of dark chocolate (very yummy)!
The keynote speaker was Rhonda Rich; billed as "a best selling Southern author." I had not heard of her books (What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) and My Life in the Pits), but she was really funny and if you get a chance to hear her speak, take it.
I took my camera, but none of the photos was good enough. The table centerpieces were two miniature female body forms (covered in red silk) on wrought-iron bases. Each form had a pocket, into which a few white daisies had been placed. Of course, I would have rather seen some red roses or gerbera daisies, but I am sure the flowers were donated and the donor did it cheaply.
Major sponsors for this event were Macy's and Merck. I found it somewhat ironic that Merck was a sponsor, since their product Vi*xx was responsible for many heart attacks and other troubles before it was taken off the market a few years ago. Maybe sponsorship of events like this is part of their pay-back.