COOKEVILLE – The committee planning Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s “A Woman’s Heart” event is in full swing, and this year’s gala will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Leslie Town Centre, 1 W. First St., Cookeville.
A Woman’s Heart, in its 10th year, is the Heart Fund’s biggest annual fundraiser. The Heart Fund provides temporary assistance to heart patients and their families to cover basic costs like rent, food and utilities.
“There are usually 250 people who attend A Woman’s Heart, and tickets sell quickly,” said Colleen Schabacker, chairman of A Woman’s Heart committee. “We are truly passionate about this event because it goes toward a great cause that is near and dear to so many. So many people are affected by heart disease and to give back to this cause to help others who have been diagnosed with heart disease is a wonderful and beautiful thing.”
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. Every year, women and men come together for a fun evening of education and entertainment to enable the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation to respond to the charitable needs of local heart patient’s in-need. Sponsored by Tennessee Heart, the evening will feature heart-healthy dining, a silent auction, wine and other beverages, a fashion show by BLESS and Matilda Jane Clothing, and a presentation by a CRMC cardiologist. The evening will be emceed by Becky Magura of WCTE-TV.
The event will also include the presentation of the annual “Martin Coffey Cardiovascular Award” to an individual who has made a positive impact on local cardiovascular care and best exemplifies the same dedication and loyalty to the Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional as the late Martin Coffey, former director of the hospital’s cardiac cath lab and one of the founders of the heart program.
Advanced registration is required for A Woman’s Heart. Call (931) 783.2003 or register online at www.CookevilleRegionalCharity.org. The cost is $35 per person to attend. Table and co-sponsorship opportunities are also available.
“I am truly grateful to our presenting sponsor, Tennessee Heart, and the fantastic efforts of our event committee,” said John Bell, director of the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. “Proceeds from the event will go toward helping local heart patients who can’t afford things like medicine or transportation to treatment.”