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Emmy-winning actress, survivor of sudden cardiac arrest to speak at Golf Fore Red Tournament on Saturday
Emmy Award-winning actress-comedienne Tracey Conway, whose life changed forever at age 38 when she was brought back to life from sudden cardiac arrest, will speak at the awards luncheon following the Golf Fore Red tournament on Saturday.
Now in its sixth year, the Golf Fore Red tournament for women sold out four months ago. (Names are being accepted on a waiting list.) The full field of golfers — most of them likely attired in red — will tee off at 8:30 a.m. at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Hope Heart Institute to support its research and educational programs for women’s heart health.
“We are deeply honored to have Tracey join us to share her inspiring and informative message,” commented Mary Robinson, tournament director and co-founder of Golf Fore Red. Robinson created the event in part as a tribute to her mother, who died at a young age from heart problems.
Conway is an internationally acclaimed speaker and accomplished writer. She was a regular cast member from 1984 to 1999 on KING-TV’s "Almost Live!" comedy show, which aired before live audiences. In 1995, after taping an episode, Conway collapsed on the set and was in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics administered six defibrillator shocks to revive her.
Cherie Skager from the nonprofit Hope Heart Institute will also speak during the luncheon to promote awareness of heart disease and disorders. Skager, the interim executive director at “The Hope,” will highlight some of the organization’s programs and services, and how tournament proceeds are used.
The luncheon also features a silent auction, raffle drawings, a sale of specially-labeled commemorative wines, and awarding prizes to teams and individuals. The top award is a 2013 Audi Allroad uattro, offered by Barrier Audi of Bellevue as the hole-in-one prize. The redesigned vehicle is valued at up to $50,000. Prizes and gifts with a combined value of approximately $15,000 will be awarded.
Along with wearing red — the color that symbolizes awareness of heart disease and support for women’s heart health — golfers are encouraged to decorate their carts. Prizes will be awarded for originality and best expressions of the spirit of Golf Fore Red and the Hope Heart Institute’s endeavors to make heart disease more treatable, beatable and preventable.
Nearly three dozen sponsors and more than 60 donors of prizes and gift bag merchandise are supporting the 2013 tournament, according to Robinson. The event is organized by a committee of 12 volunteers.