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  • Stark County Scene: Teaming up to fight heart disease in women

  • Mercy Medical Center joins the Go Red for Women’s initiative, other goings on around Stark County

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  • Editor’s Note: Stark County Scene is a new column focused on nonprofits and charities around Stark County from Repository reporter Denise Sautters.  
    Is it any wonder that Mercy Medical Center would team up with the American Heart Association for the latter’s Go Red for Women initiative?
    The hospital is nationally recognized as a heart care leader. It has been named as a Top 50 Heart Hospital by Truven Health Analytics six times and was named best in Stark County for coronary angioplasty and cardiac surgery in the 2012 HealthGrades Report.
    “This partnership signifies Mercy Medical Center’s dedication to an epidemic that kills one in three women,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center during the recent Go Red for Women Kickoff at the hospital. “Sponsorship of the Go Red for Women initiative is a reflection of our hospital’s mission to be responsive to the needs of our community and educate our mothers, wives and sisters about heart disease.”
    The new Go Red partnership with Mercy Medical Center marks the first time the charity’s efforts have been met on such a large scale by a local community organization, according to Linda Woit.
    Jen Mucci from Cutler Realty is this year’s chairwoman. As for Go Red for Women, stay tuned. Mercy has a few more activities this month to get involved with, including tomorrow’s Cooking for Heart Health program at 12:30 p.m. and the Matters of the Heart program at 6:30 p.m. Both are at the hospital. Call 330-489-1333 to reserve your spot.
    GIRLS NIGHT OUT
    All work and no play makes for a boring existence, and the women at Gasser’s Fine Jewelers aren’t having any of it.
    “We are having a great time here tonight,” said Darlene Schuring at Tozzi’s restaurant downtown.
    The Gasser Girls hosted a Girls Night Out earlier this month to raise money for the Aultman Compassionate Care facility on Woodlawn Avenue NW. The facility provides in-patient hospice care for individuals needing end-of-life care.
    “We raised $1,000 through tips and raffle tickets,” Schuring said, noting that the store gave away two sets of Waterford wine glasses and two sets of Waterford martini glasses in raffle prizes.
    SKI DESTINATION
    The Canton Ballet is having a vacation destination fundraiser raffle to support live music in its studio classrooms. The grand prize is a three-night stay for eight at the Tamarack Club in the Holiday Valley resort and spa, donated by Dr. Joseph and Jennifer Hellmann, plus a $1,000 credit for food and activities.
    Tickets are on sale at the Canton Ballet office in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N. Cost is $25. The drawing will be Feb. 28.
    Page 2 of 2 - SAVE THE DATE
    • McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Inaugural Ball, 6 p.m. March 2, Kent State University Stark University Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. Tickets are $125. 330455-7043.
    • ArtSplash, family fun day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2, Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. 330-453-1075.
    Got a tip? Contact Denise Sautters at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com or 330-580-8321. Follow her on Twitter @dsauttersREP.