Janet Garufis and Jill Fonte named co-chairs for 22nd Annual 2018 Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon

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Janet Garufis, Chairman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, and Jill Fonte, Public Information Officer and Director of Marketing for Sansum Clinic, will co-chair the Santa Barbara 2018 Go Red for Women Luncheon. The Go Red for Women event will begin with a Health Expo at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Luncheon and Program at noon on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. The 2018 campaign marks the 22ndanniversary of the Annual Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon. The Go Red Luncheon for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS.

Janet Garufis is the Chairman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust. Janet joined Montecito Bank & Trust in 2004 and was promoted to President and CEO in 2006. Janet’s extensive community service highlights include serving as a Trustee, Board of Director member, Board President and/or Co-chair for a broad array of organizations and foundations. Janet is a member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red and sits on the “Go Red For Women Luncheon” committee.

Jill Fonte is the Public Information Officer, Director of Marketing for Sansum Clinic. She has been responsible for developing and executing Sansum Clinic’s marketing strategy, and managing the overall branding and promotion of Clinic programs and services since 2010. Jill is passionate about giving back to the community and has been an active board member for the American Heart Association’s Central Coast Division since 2011. Additionally, she is a Circle of Red member, and is on the “Go Red For Women Luncheon” committee. 

The annual Go Red For Women campaign raises awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and encourages them to take preventive measures to reduce their risk. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. On a national level, the Go Red For Women movement has resulted in 650,000 women’s lives being saved over the last 10 years.

The Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Team is responsible for the success of the event and is made up of area business and community leaders. This year’s Executive Team includes Janet Garufis, Jill Fonte, Linda le Brock, George Leis and David Edelman. 

The 2018 Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon is sponsored by Cottage Heart and Vascular Center, Paseo Nuevo, Sansum Clinic, Montecito Bank & Trust, Radius Group Commercial Real Estate, First American Title, OnQ Financial and Village Properties.

Ticket and sponsorship information are available. For more information, please visit GoRedSB.org or contact Angela Miller-Bevan at (805) 963-8862 or Angela.Miller-Bevan@heart.org. 

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.

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