On Wednesday, February 4th, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate helped to turn the Pink Dome RED in support of National Wear Red Day on February 6th.
A group of twenty American Heart Association volunteers and staff were in the galleries as Texas House Representative Patricia Harless and Texas State Senator Donna Campbell presented resolutions recognizing National Wear Red Day and highlighting the need to bring awareness to heart disease among women. The Texas House Floor was a sea of red as many of the Texas Legislators championed the day by wearing red.
HR 163 by Representative Patricia Harless, along with Representatives Donna Howard, Myra Crownover, and Jodie Laubenberg, and co-authored by Representatives Helen Giddings, Ana Hernandez, Celia Israel, Susan King, Linda Koop, and Geanie Morrison was read on the House Floor with a large group of the Representatives sanding at the front in support. SR 55 by Senator Donna Campbell was read on the Senate floor with great support by many senators, including Senators Lois Kolkhorst and Sylvia Garcia.
The AHA volunteers and staff included Affiliate Board Member Marcie Wilson, State Advocacy Committee member Susan Patten, who is also an Austin Passion Committee Member; Austin Grassroots Action Team Chair Pkaye Washington, Georgetown Circle of Red members JJ and Jeff Parker, long-time volunteer and survivor John Murphy, Austin Passion Committee member April Peters, volunteers Natalie Smith and Chaille Jolink, and women from the University of Texas Chapter of Alpha Phi, Wylie Gorup, Anneke E. Rood, Sydeny O’Connell, Miranda Chiechi, Madeline Clark, and Katie Szukale, along with AHA staff members Joel Romo, Savonne Caughey, Vanessa Fuentes, Jay Arnold, Brooke Brown, and Jay Arnold.