Love to Wear Red event to focus on hearts in Tulare Feb. 3

Wear red, network, and help make a difference — that’s the plan for those who attend the second annual Love to Wear Red for Women event, hosted by the Tulare Hospital Foundation and Tulare Soroptimists.

Tickets for the event, held February 3 at the Heritage Complex in Tulare, are $40.

The event starts at 10:30am and ends at 1:30pm.

This year, the event will feature three “heart ambassadors” — women who have had battles with heart disease or heart conditions who will share their experiences with the event’s attendees.

Lubelia Mattos, Susan Warren and 11-year-old Annalyce Fisher are this year’s ambassadors.

Each has a different story to tell — Fisher, for example, was born with a congenital heart defect and operated on when she was only a week and a half old; later, she received a heart transplant when she was six years old.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States — and Jan Smith, the executive director of the Tulare Hospital Foundation, stated that the goal of the event, more than anything else, is to raise awareness of heart issues for women, including the fact that women have different signs of a heart attack.

While the event will still include a fashion show and women’s boutique, it will also include educational sessions, including sessions on eating heart-healthy, CPR education, and spotting the signs of heart disease.

“We hope the community really comes together and enjoys the event,” Smith said.

Proceeds from the event help the Tulare Hospital Foundation, the Tulare Soroptimists, and the American Heart Association.

Tickets are going quickly — to purchase tickets, or learn how to sponsor the event, call the Tulare Hospital Foundation at 685-3438.

Current sponsors include Dr. Shashi Sharma, Barbara Harrell, Altura Health, Dr. Abraham Betre, and others.

For more information and updates, visit the event’s Facebook page at

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