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  January 22, 2009 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600


Testimonials, Awards, Vendors, Screenings, Book Signings
- Even Music and Dance - Planned

Trenton, NJ- January 22, 2009 – Newark City Council President Mildred C. Crump is the Honorary Chairwoman of the statewide group of private and public organizations that will convene on February 1 for Women's Heart Wellness Day, an advocacy event jointly organized by the Women's Heart Foundation of Trenton and the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs and other partners.

"Our aim is to set aside one day nationally when women can come together where the prevailing message is that heart disease is a profoundly different disease for women than it is for men," says Bonnie Arkus, the founder and executive director of the Women's Heart Foundation. The event coincides with the beginning of Women's Heart Week from February 1-7, and is an educational initiative of the Women's Heart Foundation. February is also National Heart Month.

"This is public education with a social event that the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, along with a dedicated network of sponsors, is privileged to promote," said Anne H. Redlus, President 08-10 of this women’s club organization.

“What better way to start off heart month than by supporting the Women's Heart Foundation - and enjoying the camaraderie of other women at an entertaining, fun event” says Christine Spear of Silk Purse magazine, a media sponsor of the Red Dress Luncheon.

The event theme is “Change” and Chairwoman Mildred C. Crump will speak to changes in a woman’s life and her personal challenges. Ms. Crump was sworn in as Newark’s first African-American Councilwoman July 1, 1994. She brought a much needed perspective to that governing body. A long time community activist, she has been a consummate and consistent advocate for women, children, senior citizens, the disabled, working families and those in need. Ms. Crump is considered one of the most influential women in New Jersey and says "As women, we are our last priority. We must Change that mindset so that we can live long enough to meet the challenges before us".

WHF will be recognizing Leading Women’s Heart Advocates in New Jersey with an awards ceremony. Winners include:

  • The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for Corporate Leadership
  • Gerri McKay of the UMDNJ School of Dietitians for Clinical Excellence
  • Richelle Heston as Volunteer of the Year.

    Singer-songwriter Dawn-Marie Lang will perform during the luncheon. A Red Dress Trunk Show will be provided by Lord and Taylor and will feature dazzling versions of the red dress - the icon introduced by the NIH to symbolize heart disease awareness in women. The fashion segment will also feature women who have changed their lives, successfully incorporating lifestyle changes to reduce their health risks. A lively dance celebration will close the event.

    There are still a few exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. E-mail Bonnie@womenheart.org to learn more.

    This is a program for all women - from the ages of 17 to 77 -- to learn about heart-healthy lifestyles. There will be gifts, red dress pins to raise awareness, blood pressure screenings throughout the day, a heart risk assessment tool. Tickets are $25 per person and invitations may be dowloaded, along with event updates, from the WHF homepage at www.womensheart.org.


    The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF), a 501c3 and the only non-governmental organization that implements heart disease prevention projects, is dedicated to prevention and improving survival and quality. The organization’s founder is credited with starting the women’s heart global movement in 1989. The WHF is based in Trenton, New Jersey.

    The mission of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC, is to provide opportunities for education, leadership training and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others one project at a time. During the 2008-2010 administration, the President’s Emphasis Area in the Home Life Social Services Department is to encourage the more than 9,000 club members to learn about Heart Disease and its symptoms that are particular to women and to hold programs in their clubs and communities focusing on exercise and weight control that would lead to a healthier heart.

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