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The 2010 leadership team thhelped build momentum for 2010 GO RED for Women suburban lunchecampaign were (from left) Barb White

The 2010 leadership team that helped to build the momentum for the 2010 GO RED for Women suburban luncheon campaign were (from left) Barb White, Donna Burnidge, Betty Brown, Dr. Clare Ollayos, Pat Szpekowski, Leslie Doyle, Christine Lullie, Murna Hansemann, Sandy Krug, Caren Nickelsen and Merrie Derderian. submitted photo

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Updated: October 7, 2010 2:34PM

The Naperville Hilton was the site of this year's American Heart Association 2010 GO RED for Women volunteer committee members' luncheon for Kane and DuPage counties, as they celebrated the successful event under the leadership of Chair Pat Szpekowski of PmS Advertising Inc. in Carpentersville. The committee established a new tradition to raise funds and awareness of heart disease in women. A Pursonality Auction was held that included 20 purses filled with theme merchandise, such as gardening, travel, beauty and wine, to name a few, all donated by committee members. Nearly every guest in attendance made a donation to the Open Your Heart portion of the luncheon. Each person received a "red boa" that was prominently displayed on each throughout the room, showing solidarity for the cause.The event raised more than $90,000 for the GO RED movement, a substantial increase over previous years. "It was very rewarding to bring attention to the risks of heart disease, the number one fatal disease of women," Szpekowski said.The event, attended by more than 150 guests, was sponsored by Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin and Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. Laura Schwartz of White House Strategies served as mistress of ceremonies. Leslie Doyle of Clique Business Solutions has been named chair for the 2011 Kane/DuPage GO RED for Women campaign. Places to be scene It's not too early to mark your calendars as Little Angels of Elgin is hosting "A Little Nite Music" at the beautiful Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington on Saturday, Sept. 25. The evening begins with cocktails from 6 to 7:15 at the Carousel House. The truly delightful evening then includes a first-rate dinner presentation. For more information, call 847-622-5523.You can't afford to miss Duck-Pluck, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, on Saturday at the Festival Park fountain in Elgin. To adopt a duck and help a child, call 847-742-DUCK. Renz Addiction Counseling Center invites you to "Epicurean Delight" from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Spartan Terrace Restaurant at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Tickets are limited. Call 847-697-1221, ext. 236, for tickets and more information.The inaugural Catholic Charities Northwest Region golf outing benefiting Senior Services programs will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. The event will be held rain or shine, with the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 847-376-2118. Oak Crest Residence will celebrate its 106th anniversary with its fifth annual Hot Dog Lunch Fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Order your lunch and pick it up. Oak Crest Residence is at 204 S. State St. in Elgin. Call 847-742-2255. Love and Gershwin present "Fall in Love Again" as Rise Dawn Jones, soprano, and Margaret Brady at the piano perform on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at Elgin Art Showcase , 164 Division St., Elgin. To reserve tickets, call 847-302-0379.

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