‘How to Live to 100’ To Be Discussed at 10th Annual Ladies Luncheon

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BATESVILLE – February 12, 2015 – More than 350 women are expected to attend Citizens Bank’s “Red Hot Ladies Luncheon” on Friday, February 20, in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  The annual event focuses on raising women’s awareness of health issues and promoting good habits for healthy lifestyles. 

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the well-attended affair, which began in 2006 as “The Go Red for Women” luncheon.  The series of Citizens Bank Ladies Luncheons have thus far raised approximately $100,000 to support various non-profit organizations that serve the health-related needs of women and their families. 

This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. J. Douglas Holloway, whose topic will be “How to Live to 100.”  Dr. Holloway, who earned his board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, practices at Arkansas Cardiology in Little Rock.  His medical specialty is clinical cardiology, and he was the first fellowship-trained Nuclear Cardiologist in the state when he joined Arkansas Cardiology.

“We are excited to celebrate our tenth year with such a phenomenal speaker,” said Joyce Prickett, Co-Chair of the Red Hot Luncheon Committee.  “Dr. Holloway will share information that we all can use to make positive changes for a healthier and longer life.  Ladies will be educated on lifestyle changes they can adopt in order to live a longer, better life.”

An additional speaker will be Dr. Muhammad A. Khan, an oncologist at White River Health Systems, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology.  Dr. Khan will represent the beneficiary of this year’s event, “Ribbons of Hope,” which is a fund established in 2013 to help meet the immediate needs of cancer patients.  The fund is administered by volunteers of Batesville Oncology and managed by the White River Health System Foundation and is funded entirely by donations and fundraisers.

“Ribbons of Hope makes certain that cancer patients have transportation to their appointments and treatments,” said Cliff Brown, Committee Co-Chair.  “The fund also ensures that patients have access to their prescription medications and that no one goes hungry because of the burden that cancer can add to someone’s financial circumstances.”   

Doors for the Red Hot Ladies Luncheon will open at 11 a.m. for a silent auction prior to the program.  Reserved sponsorship tables for eight guests are available for $200.  All other tickets, which cost $25 each, will be open seating.  To reserve a table, purchase tickets or receive sponsorship information, call 870-698-6349.

Jonathan’s Fine Jewelry is donating a Gabriel & Co. sterling silver and 18K gold pendant necklace with matching earring set valued at more than $700 for a drawing at the luncheon.  Drawing tickets are $5 each, or three for $10, and may be purchased at Citizens Bank’s Main Branch in downtown Batesville.

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank was founded in 1953 by business and civic leaders to serve the financial needs of middle income families and small businesses.  Citizens Bank works to improve the quality of life for all community residents by promoting educational opportunities, economic growth and innovative civic partnerships.

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