Women and those who love them are invited to attend the annual American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red For Women Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at the McAllen Convention Center.

“Hundreds of women and men will have a chance to socialize, celebrate life and recharge their inner selves for the sake of healthy hearts,” said Lisa Killion, Go Red chair and Assistant Administrator for Marketing at South Texas Health System. McAllen Heart Hospital, a South Texas Health System facility is the leading sponsor of the 2009 Go Red For Women Expo.

“This event will be so beneficial for the women in the McAllen area to come together and up lift each other. The American Heart Association encourages all women of all ages to have the tools to lead them to a healthy lifestyle and heart,” said Monique Suarez, Senior Corporate Director for the Local American Heart Association.

The event features a luncheon with guest speakers, and breakout sessions to help women learn more about heart health, managing risk factors, the importance of exercise and diet and even how to improve their financial health. Tickets for the luncheon are $40 and available for purchase by calling the American Heart Association at 956-984-0201.

This year’s celebrity guest is LaDonna Gatlin, a career speaker, author, vocalist and sister of the legendary Gatlin Brothers. LaDonna has helped empower men and women to find their own voice with her keynote speeches and concerts.

She is also one of fewer than 200 speakers worldwide to be awarded the CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence) Speaker Hall of Fame lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. She has recorded four solo CDs which contain some of her original songs and is a contributing author to the best-selling book series Chicken Soup for the Soul.

In the past year, The American Heart Association has funded more than $9.5 million in research in Texas. To help the cause, call the American Heart Association office in Pharr at 956-984-0201.