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Posted: 02/06/13

HEARTS OF LOVE. Some of the "Go Red" Valentine Luncheon Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce sponsors, committee members, vendors and doctors include: Back row from left, Kelley Stephens, chamber executive director; Jenn Sexton, Brush Salon and Spa hair technician and stylist and Dr. Jill Cothery, DO, Beamont Clearwater Family Medicine. Middle row from left, Carol Humphries, Romeo Jewelry, vendor; Debbie Sisco, chamber administrative assistant; Sarah Clark, of Rosewood Day Spa, vendor, and committee member; Gina Ventimiglio, co-owner of Brush Salon and Spa, vendor, and Janet Golochowicz, chamber Board of Directors member. Front row from left, Pat Bruen, of Action Enterprises Services, chamber Ambassador and sponsor, Stephanie Strahl, Troy Beaumont registered nurse and the event's keynote speaker and Stephanie Lopez, nail tech at Rosewood Day Spa.

(Observer photo by Dennis A. Setter)

Chamber luncheon gets
to the heart of the matter

Observer Staff Writer

      Heartache and heart throbs are common on Valentine's Day, but the local chamber wants to ensure these aren't signs of more serious problems.
       The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce's Business Women Connection will present the "Go Red" Valentine Luncheon to stress the importance of heart health for women.
       The luncheon runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Greystone Golf Club and Banquet Center in Washington Township.
       According to Beaumont, heart disease is the number one killer of American women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
       With the goal of gearing events toward women, the Business Women Connection is teaming up with Beaumont and the "Go Red" campaign of the American Heart Association to educate women about their health and wellness.
       Kelley Stephens, executive director of the chamber, said the event is open to chamber members and non-chamber members alike.
       "I think it's a topic not just for chamber members, but for any women in the service area," she said. "It's also an opportunity for them to see what the chamber is about."
       The keynote speaker is Stephanie Strahl, RN, Non-invasive Cardiology from Beaumont Health System. She has been a nurse for 18 years, working primarily in the emergency room before switching to wellness and prevention.
       "I try to focus on keeping people out of the hospital instead of treating them when they're here," she said.
       Strahl will speak on the warning signs women should look out for that indicate a heart attack and what steps can be taken to prevent one.
       "The biggest thing is realizing and knowing the risk factors, replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones, and for women to make it a priority to take care of themselves, because they're usually too busy taking care of others," Strahl said.
       As a way of supporting and promoting heart health, the chamber will donate $5 from every ticket sale to the American Heart Association's "Go Red" cause. Go Red's mission is to build healthier lives that are free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
       Janet Golochowicz, a member of the Business Women Connection, said the idea of the luncheon is to educate women about their health, but to do so during an interesting day.
       "I have concerns for myself and for other women of my age and to get the word out is important," she said. "It's a serious topic but it's fun because of the different aspects of the day."
       The fun includes being pampered during the most romantic holiday of the year with mini-massages, dark chocolate, manicures and tips on hair and make up.
       In addition, ladies who wear red to the event will receive a surprise gift upon arrival.
       "It's pampering and educational, and it's Valentine's Day       Tickets are $30 and include the luncheon and entry into door prizes. Attendees can RSVP by calling (586) 752-4436 or visiting the chamber's page.

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