POMONA - There is strength in coming together for a single purpose and to show that Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation supporters want you to wear red.

They want you to "wear it, feel it and live it" all the time, but especially at an upcoming event called the Power of Red. This is the sixth year the foundation has hosted this get-together to bring attention to the issues of heart disease and women's health.

This all started out as a small luncheon, but it has grown to become a full-fledged awareness event.

"I believe it has grown because we have reached out to women in the communities that surround Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. We beat the drum and pound the pavement making them aware of the importance of being a woman and knowing the difference and recognizing the signs and symptoms of heart disease," said Peggy Mata, office coordinator for the Stead Heart and Vascular Center.

The Power of Red dinner is set for Feb. 21, from 6- 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Fairplex Convention Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets are $100 for a Power of Red membership, including dinner and a gift, or $60 for dinner only.

Proceeds benefit an endowment fund for the Stead Heart and Vascular Center's Stead Heart For Women program.

The program this year will be 911 State Your Emergency. Guest speakers will be Dr. Sean Henderson, professor of emergency medicine and preventive medicine/chair of the department of emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Gayle Sharp, registered nurse and training coordinator and special projects for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Changing the program from an afternoon luncheon to an evening dinner was done to try to accommodate as many women as possible since the program is about them and for them, according to Mata.

"This has really helped our attendance. Our 9-to-5 working women and our 7:30 a.m.-to-7:30p.m. medical women now can attend and be a part of our campaign," she said.

Although cancer, particularly breast cancer, kills many women, heart disease truly is a real threat. Many times, unfortunately, symptoms either are unrecognized, misdiagnosed or ignored. The hospital conducts a very comprehensive program of trying to educate women about their lifestyles and their health.

"We want women of every age to be aware of the importance of caring for themselves," Mata said. "Women typically spend so much time taking care of everyone and everything that they ignore ourselves."

In addition to the Power of Red dinner, the hospital has several upcoming events/activities planned.

Hospital personnel will conduct a hands-on only cardiopulmonary resuscitation class Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Chino Hills. This is an opportunity to learn an important life-saving skill.

Macy's is hosting a Heart Survivors fashion show on Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. inside the mall in front of Macy's at the Montclair Plaza.