‘Women and Heart Disease: Call to Action’ To Be Focus of ‘Red Hot Ladies’ Luncheon

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BATESVILLE – January 23, 2013 – A research pioneer in women’s cardiovascular disease will provide the main address at Citizens Bank’s “Red Hot Ladies Luncheon” to be held Thursday, Feb. 14, in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  The annual event focuses on raising women’s awareness of health issues and has always promoted good habits for healthy lifestyles.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for a silent auction.  Reserved sponsorship tables for eight guests are available for $200.  All other tickets, which cost $25 each, will be open seating.  To reserve a table, purchase tickets or receive sponsorship information, call 870-698-9664.

Jonathan’s Fine Jewelry is donating an Elle matching necklace and bracelet, valued at $750, for a drawing at the luncheon.  Drawing tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10, and may be purchased at Citizens Bank’s Main Branch.

Dr. Jean McSweeney, a professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, will speak on the topic of “Women and Heart Disease: A Call to Action.”  Dr. McSweeney published the first study that described women’s symptoms of heart disease.  Findings from her studies about women’s early warning and acute symptoms of heart disease across ethnic groups received international media coverage. 

 “We are so pleased to be able to secure such a renowned expert as Dr. McSweeney to talk to us about women and heart disease,” said Lisa Davis, who co-chairs the event with Joyce Prickett.  “Dr. McSweeney will provide important information our attendees can use to make positive changes for a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.”

The beneficiary of the proceeds from the Red Hot Ladies Luncheon will be Christian Health Center of Batesville, which provides services to uninsured members of the community, including medical care, medicines, and pastoral counseling. 

“The Christian Health Center, offers comprehensive care by not only providing for physical needs but also for the spiritual and emotional concerns of the people they treat every day,” said Joyce Prickett.  “Together, we can make Batesville a healthier place for all and provide the necessary services to many of our neighbors who need it most.”

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

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