"Eye on Entertainment" Films Show at 2008 Orange County Heart Walk

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Dawna Lee Heising and David McNeil Conduct Interviews with Heart Disease Survivors at the Event

"Eye on Entertainment" (EOE) filmed an episode of the show at the 28th Annual Orange County Heart Walk that took place at the Irvine Spectrum on September 14, 2008. Special features of the event included the 5K Heart Walk, VIP Booth, Health Expo, Kids' Zone, Kid's Fun Run, Survivor Café, an appearance by the Laker girls and performances by live bands.

Dawna Lee Heising and director David McNeil interviewed heart disease survivors, including:

  • Reigning Miss International, Jayna Altman, who was born severely premature and suffered from several health issues as a baby. She spent the first three months of her life in the intensive care unit and underwent several procedures, including open-heart surgery to repair a defective heart valve.
  • Paul and Carol Catalano, who have been married for over 30 years and have battled heart disease together most of that time. They are regular participants in the Start! Orange County Heart Walk and are dedicated volunteers for the American Heart Association.    
  • Lucinda Wright, who suffered a stroke three years ago. Fortunately, a co-worker had recently introduced her to the American Heart Association's Train to End Stroke program, and she had just completed her first marathon. Because of her association with that program, she was aware of the warning signs and was able to tell hospital staff that she was having a stroke. She received immediate attention and avoided serious damage from the stroke.

Dawna and Steven Hocking served as co-chairmen of the VIP Booth, which was set up as a thank you for donors of at least $1,000 to the American Heart Association. Breakfast was provided by the Balboa Bay Club. Carl and Veronica Billingsley and Tim Bell of Edible Arrangements in Long Beach and Nancy Caruso of Edible Arrangements in Westminster donated numerous delicious fruit arrangements and gift baskets, including a huge Berry Chocolate Bouquet, which were the hit of the VIP booth.

The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The association's impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. As the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association, the 28th annual Orange County Heart Walk is a 5k (3.1 mile) non-competitive walking event that raises money to fight the #1 and #3 killers of Americans: Heart disease and stroke.

Eye on Entertainment
"Eye on Entertainment" (EOE) is a high-energy, high-impact program that covers a wide variety of events. The show, aired on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, features powerhouse interviews with successful people in all walks of life, exploring the traits that they have in common. Ken Huthmaker introduced "Eye on Entertainment" in 2000. Dawna Lee Heising, one of the show's original hosts, took over the production reigns after Huthmaker's passing in 2006. Dawna is also Ms. World 2008 and a long-standing member of the Screen Actors Guild. EOE's director is David McNeil, who is also widely known for his professional photography. The show is produced and edited by John Cox, a leading staff member in the film and video department at Orange Coast College, who has three shows running on Time Warner Cable.


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