Westchester County Clerk’s Office “Goes Red for Women” and Raises over $2,200.00 in the Fight Against Heart Disease

Feb. 6, 2008:  The employees of the Westchester County Clerk Timothy Idoni’s office continued their annual commitment to raising awareness about women and heart disease with a successful fundraiser in support of the “Go Red for Women” movement. More than $2,200.00 has been raised thus far from a bake sale, raffle and from sales of “Go Red for Women” ribbons, pins, and bracelets, held on Go Red Day, February 1st at the County Clerk’s Office in White Plains. The “Go Red for Women” movement is a national campaign of the American Heart Association (AHA) that aims to educate women about the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“Nationally, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. However, it is a disease that is preventable,” stated Idoni, who lost his own mother, Florence Idoni to heart disease in 2006.  “The “Go Red” movement empowers women with the information they need to reduce their heart risks by making lasting lifestyle changes that improve their overall heart health and lead to living longer, stronger, and healthier lives.”  County Clerk Idoni was elated by the tremendous outpouring of support from employees who wore red and volunteered to raise funds, as well as the monetary donations received from other county employees and the general public at their bake sale and raffle.   “I salute my staff, our county colleagues, and the public for enthusiastically embracing the “Go Red” movement.  Their support is further evidence of a commitment to improving not only their own health, but also the health of so many important women in their lives,” said Idoni.

Proceeds from the bake sale, which featured an assortment of delicious home-baked goods donated by staff, and the raffle will go to the American Heart Association to continue the fight against heart disease in women. To find out more information about the nationwide “Go Red for Women” movement, or to make a donation, contact the local Westchester/Putnam regional office of the American Heart Association at (914) 694-6464 or visit http://www.goredforwomen.org/.