Men Go Red For Women Event to Support Women’s Heart Health

The Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association (AHA) will hold their “Men Go Red For Women” event at the Cornell Boathouse at Marist College, 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 6th. Tickets are free and available by calling Danielle Schuka, Go Red For Women Director, at 845-867-5379. Men and women are invited to attend.craig irwin 2

Men Go Red For Women is a dynamic, committed group of men who are raising awareness, and funds, to fight heart disease, the number one killer of women and men. They’re standing behind the women they care about —wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends —while influencing and inspiring communities to support the life-saving work of the Go Red For Women movement.

“Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men. Men Go Red was created to show women that we support awareness and research programs to reduce their risk of heart disease,” said Craig Irwin (at left), co-host of this year’s Men Go Red event.

“I was surprised to learn that only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Go Red seeks to change that. And the funds we help raise through Men Go Red will ensure awareness and research programs continue to save more lives in the future,” said co-chair Joshua Mackey (below).

Craig Irwin is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Poughkeepsie. He is active in the community and currently serves on the board of Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Abilities First and CAPE Dutchess County. He also previously served on the board of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Irwin lives in Poughkeepsie with his wife Amy and their daughter Bess.

Joshua Mackey is an attorney with Mackey Butts & Wise LLP a law firm with offices located in Poughkeepsie and Millbrook. His practice includes commercial litigation, real estate, municipal, corporate, liquor licensing, insurance, land use, planning and zoning.  Joshua is a trial lawyer, having argued before juries in both New York City and Dutchess County. Joshua served as a Chair of both the Town of Washington Planning Board and Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee. He was also a member of the Town of Washington Wetlands Ordinance Committee where he helped draft a wetlands law. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce “Forty Under 40” award.joshua mackey

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. The AHA states that women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else. Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. To learn more, visit

This Men Go Red event will feature networking, light fare, beer and wine. The Men Go Red group will have exclusive events throughout the year and members will receive tickets to the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon set for November 9, 2017 at the Grandview.

For information or tickets, please contact Danielle Schuka, Go Red Corporate Events Director at 845-867-5379 or by email at Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS, and locally by The Heart Center, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Central Hudson, Gold’s Gym, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, The Grandview and Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.


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