Friday, November 04, 2011

Painting the town Red

Cherie Short, Leslie Berry, Andrea Szempruch

by contributor Brendan Kownacki

It was a brightly colored affair at Meridian House when the American Heart Association gathered a dedicated crowd of supporters to 'Paint the Town Red' and raise money and awareness for the group. 

The event was in partnership with Pulse, a group of local, young professionals dedicated to changing the health habits of a new generation. The room was packed with crimson clad guests, including Senator Max Baucus (D. Montana) whose daughter-in-law Stephanie was the chair of the event's planning committee. 

Pulse helps to drive support and awareness for the AHA's childhood obesity initiative, "Recess!", a year round education program encouraging kids to make healthy dietary decisions and to stay physically active.

The scarlet colored crowd munched on passed hors d’oeuvres, sipped cocktails in the historic Meridian garden and gathered for a silent auction that featured items such as Washington Capitals tickets and a host of other sports memorabilia to help raise money for the cause.