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January 27, 2011

DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray Accompanies His First Lady-Daughter Jonice Gray Tucker-to the AHA 63rd Annual An Affair of the Heart 

Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show to Kick-off February as American Heart Month.

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(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray will attend the Women's Board of the American Heart Association (AHA) Greater Washington Region’s 63rd Annual "An Affair of the Heart" Luncheon and Fashion Show with his First Lady, daughter, Jonice Gray Tucker. Her attendance at the event is in keeping with the organization’s tradition of inviting the District’s First Lady to the highly anticipated Washington event in support of heart research and education.

Jonice Gray Tucker, who is a practicing attorney in the District, has assumed the first lady role in her Dad’s life, since the death of her mother in 1998.

The luncheon is one of the oldest annual fund-raising events of any nationally recognized non-profit group. The event has spanned more than six decades and will be held at the Marriott Wardman Hotel.

“I am very supportive of the American Heart Association’s efforts to bring attention to heart disease, especially among women,” said Jonice Gray Tucker. “The focus of this year’s luncheon is the positive role women can play as guardians of their families' heart health, especially where children are involved. This is of particular concern to me as a young woman and mother.”

Along with Mayor Gray and his daughter, wives of corporate leaders, heart disease survivors and supporters of the AHA will attend this benefit where more than 1,000 guests are expected. Each year a preview of the latest in spring and summer fashions are shown.

Mayor Gray expressed his pleasure at attending the luncheon with his daughter who supports the work of the Women’s Board of the American Heart Association. “I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to this great group of hardworking women who volunteer their time to raise funds aimed at reducing death and disability from heart disease and strokes,” said Mayor Gray.

About the Women’s Board: The Women’s Board joined the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign in bringing a voice to the silent killer of heart disease to help save lives. Go Red for Women works to shatter the silence by choosing to speak up about heart disease and asks others to be part of their joint movement, make healthy choices, and spread the word.