We were delighted to bring the #RedSofaTour to Working Women of Tampa Bay’s state conference at the Straz Center. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and we were so inspired by the passion and interest many of the attendees showed in speaking up about heart health!
On Sept. 8, a very special guest joined ABC’s Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend co-host Natalie Taylor for a seat on the red sofa. Brittany Williams, a 25-year-old cardiac arrest victim, shared her incredible story of survival and talked to Natalie about why she’s inspired by all who participate in the tour. Catch the full segment here.
The #RedSofaTour made its second appearance at WFLA News Channel 8 with Stacie Schaible, WFLA reporter/anchor, on First at 4. Stacie is a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA) and leading the station’s 2016 Heart Walk efforts!
AHA Tampa Bay Executive Director Kate Sawa and AHA volunteer and the COO of Heritage Insurance, Ernie Garateix, talked to Stacie about why the red sofa creates a positive ripple of conversation.
The 2016 #RedSofaTour has been going on for one week now and we’re overwhelmed with how much support we’re receiving from the community! Thank you to everyone who has embraced this awareness activity.
This past weekend we were at the Clearwater Threshers games where Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and Threshers players took a seat on the sofa. CHD survivor and avid baseball player and fan Josh Andre was one of the special guests of the night! He threw the first pitch and also took a seat on the sofa with his family.
The 2016 Red Sofa Tour kicked off on WFLA News Channel 8’s Daytime. Host Cyndi Edwards and guest host Stacie Schaible (News Channel 8 anchor/reporter) talked to our 2016-2017 Heart Ball chair Allen Brinkman, and heart transplant recipient, Madeline Jones, about this year’s tour and why it’s important. Catch the full segment by clicking the link below!
American Heart Association Red Sofa Tour
The 2016 Red Sofa Tour launches on Thursday, Sept. 1!
We’re encouraging community members to take a seat on the custom Ashley HomeStore sofa to share how they are Pledging to Live Life With Heart! Share your pledge and sofa photo on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #RedSofaTour.
See below for more details and visit the Tour Schedule page to find a tour stop near you.