Society: Go Red for Women focuses on mission

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News

Members of the American Heart Association celebrated the holiday season with a “friend-raising” cocktail party at the Northville home of St. John Providence Health System executive Janice Cosby Bridges on Thursday. About 100 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the magnificent jazz music of Straight Ahead.

As the chair of the Detroit Go Red for Women campaign, Cosby Bridges addressed the crowd and explained the organization’s mission.

“Go Red for Women is a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health,” she said, standing on the staircase in the living room of her smartly appointed home. “It is a true sisterhood of women from all different backgrounds. Women with one goal in common — preventing heart disease.”

She introduced Janine Krolikowski, a former Go Red for Women spokesperson, who shared her story of surviving a major heart attack, and who devotes her life to educating women about heart disease.

The brief, informal program culminated with Cosby Bridges, on behalf of the American Heart Association, honoring, then bestowing membership to “Men Go Red for Women” upon this columnist. Men Go Red is a national group of men who support and rally resources to fight what is the No. 1 killer of all Americans.

The American Heart Association’s signature Go Red for Women Luncheon will take place on Feb. 6 at Renaissance Marriott. For information visit

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