The Advocate in Me

This month’s blog posts are a journey in self discovery. Over the years, I have learned the power of advocacy and proudly work to generate awareness for several causes. This week, I would like to tell you about some of the causes that I am most passionate about.

One of the definitions of an advocate is a person who works for a cause or group. One event that I advocate for each spring is the Red Dress Cocktail Party to benefit the American Heart Association.

For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and collectively as part of the Go Red For Women movement. They have proudly worn red, shared stories of survival and gained greater awareness about the truth regarding women’s hearts and how heart disease can be prevented. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over. While heart disease is the primary killer of women, only one in five American women believe heart disease is a health threat.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party is a grassroots event started by my friend and sorority sister Maria Benson after losing several female family members (including her mother) to heart disease. The event is now in its sixth year and continues to grow. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please consider joining us on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at our new location, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. This heart-healthy happy hour will include food, fashion and fun along with raffles and vital information on how to prevent heart disease. We are pleased to welcome back the charismatic Steve Irwin of ABC15 News who will reprise his emcee duties for the evening’s fashion show. For more information and to purchase ticket, please visit

To learn more about the Go Red for Women movement, please visit

What causes do you advocate for?



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