Going Red for a Good Cause: The Purpose and “Pursonality” Behind Go Red for Women

I’m so proud of the Sunlighten and Sunlight Day Spa teams! As part of our annual efforts to support the American Heart Association, we were able to exceed our contribution goal. Even our boys and niece got in on the action with a lemonade stand to raise money—totally their idea! Check out the video; I really liked how their philanthropic message was about kids! It was very rewarding to see them take the initiative to make a difference helping heart health. They were thrilled with their contribution and the number of people who stopped to support them.

Aaron and I have been supporters of the AHA for the past 11 years, including board representation, and I served on the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team for many years. This year we continued our pay-it-forward campaign by donating a portion of our February sauna sales to AHA. Sunlighten and Sunlight Day Spa associates showed their support by wearing red and asking customers to join them by paying it forward as well. Even though February is over, we are not finished!

Purses for Hearts

We kicked off March with even more heart healthy fun! On March 7, we hosted the 2016 Purse Drop Off Party at Sunlight Day Spa. Around 60 women joined us for appetizers and drinks, along with complimentary chair massages, skin consultations and Sunlighten Purifying Treatments.

While it was a fun event and a chance to socialize and network, it was also a chance for accomplished women in the area to get involved and show their support for the upcoming Kansas City Go Red for Women luncheon in April. One of my favorite parts of the luncheon is a silent auction, which includes more than 100 donated purse packages. Our “pursonality” donors were very impressive. The purses are filled with all kinds of fun items—jewelry, other accessories, Royals tickets and memorabilia, gift cards, and so much more.

I always look forward to supporting the luncheon each year. My recommendation is to get there early as the silent auction alone can take an hour. The opportunities for fun gifts for an excellent cause are abundant. I already have my eye on several packages for family and friends! I filled a summery Kate Spade tote full of pampering items from Sunlight Day Spa, including Sunlighten Purifying Treatments and IMAGE skin care products valued at $1,362!

Join us for Lunch

We are proud to once again be a sponsor of the Go Red luncheon this year. The 2016 event will be held on Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. What a great way to get your mind off Tax Day!

The luncheon will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center, and this year it’s co-chaired by two inspirational and successful local women: Lisa Ginter, CEO of Community America Credit Union, and Angela Hurt, CEO of Veracity Consulting. They are truly passionate about helping women. Angela recently commented:

“A woman will always put everyone’s health before her own. In most cases, she is responsible for the health care decisions in her family. She will sacrifice herself to keep her children healthy, but will fail to take time to care for the one person that needs taking care of—herself! We need to take a different view. If we aren’t healthy, the train doesn’t keep going. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Go Red for Women brings awareness to that.”

This event is truly one of my favorites of the year—I wouldn't miss it! The energy in the room is so powerful and contagious, and I know you'll leave feeling inspired, uplifted and grateful you attended.

Heart disease if often called the “silent killer,” but most cases can be prevented. I know the women in Kansas City won’t stay silent, so speak up and take part in the cause. And I’ll see you at the Go Red luncheon next month!

Connie Zack is a true cheerleader for women's heart health! As owner of Sunlighten with her husband, Aaron, she is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and devotes a good deal of her time raising awareness on how to be more heart smart. Tweet to her @Sunlighten or share your thoughts on the Facebook page.

(Photos by Maci Yarsulik)

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